Books by Brian

Gene Wilder: Funny and Sad

This first ever biography of Gene Wilder - the product of years of extensive research and interviews with Wilder's colleagues - is an honest, enlightening portrait of one of America's favorite funnymen.


"Gene Wilder is one of the great comic actors of the last half-century - and he is also a fascinating figure offscreen. Brian Scott Mednick has done a four-star job of capturing his life and times."
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

"I ate it up. I wanted more!"
- Dick Cavett

"I recommend this book highly... Gene Wilder: Funny and Sad presents a whole new perspective on the actor, and in so doing, offers the chance to appreciate his work on a whole new level of depth."
- Daniel Perez, The Jewish Voice


"A balanced and lucid look at the life and career of one of the most unlikely movie stars of the modern era."
- Joe Meyers, Connecticut Post

"An extremely entertaining and very readable bio of the actor, one which is clearly admiring but not sycophantic."
- William Schoell, Great Old Movies

"[An] excellent biography of Gene Wilder.  [Mednick] got almost everything right about The Frisco Kid."

- Michael Elias, co-writer, The Frisco Kid

"A labor of love... Mednick has recorded most everything we need to know about Wilder's life and career."
- David Luhrssen, Milwaukee Shepherd Express

- Patrick McGilligan, author, Funny Man: Mel Brooks, Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light




Drinking Games...and Other Stories

At turns dark and funny, this short story collection set in Manhattan is a reminder of the intoxicating spell one city can have on its residents, especially after a few drinks.


"Clearly, a brilliant book."
- Cindy Adams, New York Post

"An engaging, thought-provoking read... You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll relate to Brian Scott Mednick's believable characters and unvarnished dialogue."
- Daria DiGiovanni,






Unnecessary Headaches

A poignant novel set in modern-day New York City about a successful Jewish family trying to live their lives despite the brutal realities and obstacles that stand in their way.


"A moving, memorable, and deeply human story of a family dealing with life's heartaches. I couldn't put it down. A very impressive first novel."
- Joe Franklin, Bloomberg Radio