Fever

Fever

Large Print - 2013
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On the eve of the twentieth century, a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant named Mary Mallon worked her way up the domestic- service ladder to the kitchen, and discovered in herself the true talent of a chef. She was sought after by the New York aristocracy-- until one determined "medical engineer" identified Mallon as an asymptomatic carrier of Typhoid Fever and made her a hunted woman. Fever is an ambitious retelling of a forgotten life.
Publisher: Detroit : Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013.
Edition: Large Print ed. --
ISBN: 9781410458728
1410458725
Branch Call Number: LP FIC Keane
Characteristics: 551 p. --

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finn75
Jan 29, 2015

An interesting read but I think the author was a tad more sympathetic to the character than she warranted.

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Audrey1976
Dec 22, 2014

This is a work of fiction, but based on the true story of Typhoid Mary. It imagines what circumstances may have dictated her fate. What if you had no symptoms whatsoever, but the government accused you of killing all of these people with a disease you've never been sick from? It is rather heartbreaking to think that she was the one that caused the death of the very people that she cared and cooked for. Excellent recommendation for students that need to read some historical fiction.

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mimihardy
Dec 04, 2014

excellent historical fiction! About a young irish immigrant who unknowingly and unwillingly infected people with typhoid fever. Interesting view of New York in the early 20th century as well as the advances of science research in vaccines.
Very hard to close the book and say good bye to the heroine

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lilypad_1
Sep 20, 2013

very interesting and enlightening book. gives a great description of living in New York in the late 1800's. Also, a woman supporting herself in a career that she learned through hard work and talent was discriminated against by the NY Health Dept. No men were quarantined during this time even thought they were also carriers.

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EndsWell
Jul 29, 2013

This was one of my top picks for 2013 - an absolutely riveting story of the life of "Typhoid Mary" - aka Mary Mallon. I could not put it down.

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