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B-Shifter: A Firefighter's Memoir Paperback – Mar 31 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc (March 31 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974753467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974753461
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #356,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
In my FD, the equivalent of "B-shifter" is "Downtown Clown" July 8 2009
By this-shere guy - Published on
Format: Paperback
As I am reviewing this, there are 11 other reviews of B-SHIFTER to read. I saw that all but one were 4 and 5 star reviews. The remaining one was a 1 star review admonishing people to "save their money". I wanted to read this one first as I thought this gentleman must work for the Farmington Hills Fire Department if he is so humorless. His name doesn't sound familiar so I don't think he does, but surely there must be others in the whole of the fire service like them. I just didn't think they would dignify this book with comment, being the consummate pros that they are.

In order to enjoy this book, you had better have a fireman's requisite appreciation for the absurd. If the bizarre and inexplicable don't make you bust out in belly laughs, stay home with another book. Maybe one of those dryer-than-dry histories of the FDNY, or the one about the BC that single-handedly lead every survivor out of the South Tower before it collapsed. If you've got self-aggrandizing on your mind, and you never made a mistake or would tell anyone about it if you had, you're barking up the wrong tree.

I'm a career FF and I've read tons of FF memoirs...good, bad, and right in the middle. This one isn't poignant like ENGINE 82 or outsider-ish like WORKING FIRE or FIGHTING FIRE, but it is hands down the FUNNIEST book ever written by a fireman. The stories, which on some level I HOPE are slightly embellished, are crazy enough to be true. I laughed out loud dozens of times. If this book has a fault, it's that it is too short. I wanted it to keep going.

Reading this book and thinking about Nick Brunacini I am reminded of a quote of Raymond Chandler's in talking about the hero of his private detective novels, Philip Marlowe. Chandler said, "If there were enough like him, the world would be a very safe place to live in, without becoming too dull to be worth living in."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Funny and Sweet and Sad and So, So Good June 18 2008
By ChikNDumplin - Published on
Format: Paperback
My brother is a firefighter, and after he read this, he passed it on to me. I wasn't sure whether I could get into a firefighter book, but he promised me I would love it and I did love it. Its really hillarious, even if you're not a firefighter. Some of the stories are kind of gross, but it's real life stuff. The writer did great job of telling these stories. His perspective is pretty unique and sometimes you think he might be a little cold-hearted to actually write these stories, but you realize as you read his insights that he's a softy (I think so anyway). The stories, even the sad ones, manage to be be funny in their ability to capture the human experience, but also touching and sweet. It's really a great book. A great quick summer read. I think this would be a great vacation book for men especially who want something fun to read on the beach or by the pool or whatever.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely hilarious March 28 2009
By phyrngn - Published on
Format: Paperback
Nick Brunacini continues his "Staring Into the Sun" saga by writing B-Shifter. His stories are convoluted, yet understandable...his prose is gripping. Brunacini is unafraid to describe both internal and external fire service dogma on his terms; and I think you'd be surprised what you will find. He also describes, in his words, the story of his father (Alan Brunacini) and the success he had with changing the Phoenix Fire Department over a period of almost five decades. The book is short, and like most of Nick's writing, I could not put it down and wanted more. A "Must-Have" for any firefighter's library.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Will make readers laugh and cry with emotion June 15 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
Firefighters - many say it's the closest profession in the modern day to being a hero. Do they know what they're talking about? "B-Shifter: A Firefighter's Memoir" tells all about how the job really is. Written by a veteran fighter of nearly thirty years, B-Shifter relates unorthodox events that will make readers laugh and cry with emotion. "B-Shifter: A Firefighter's Memoir" is highly recommended to anyone who wants to learn what a fire fighter's job is really like, and for community library memoir collections.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
B-Shifter is A-Plus Feb. 6 2009
By Phillip Ferris - Published on
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend B-Shifter. This funny, sometimes thought provoking memoir was a joy to read. The author spins anecdotes from his career as a firefighter with the Phoenix Fire Department. Any firefighter, career or volunteer will appreciate the humor and camaraderie that are described within the pages of this short work. You will at times think that Brunacini is referring to firefighters from your own company or eccentric personalities from your own neighborhood.

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