Fever

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Product Number: MP0959
Released: Jun 04, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470359201
Narrator/s: Candace Thaxton
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Mary Beth Keane, named one of the 5 Under 35 by the National Book Foundation, has written a spectacularly bold and intriguing novel about the woman known as " Typhoid Mary," the first person in America identified as a healthy carrier of Typhoid Fever. On the eve of the twentieth century, Mary Mallon emigrated from Ireland at age fifteen to make her way in New York City. Brave, headstrong, and dreaming of being a cook, she fought to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic-service ladder. Canny and enterprising, she worked her way to the kitchen, and discovered in herself the true talent of a chef. Sought after by New York aristocracy, and with an independence rare for a woman of the time, she seemed to have achieved the life she' d aimed for when she arrived in Castle Garden. Then one determined " medical engineer" noticed that she left a trail of disease wherever she cooked, and identified her as an " asymptomatic carrier" of Typhoid Fever. With this seemingly preposterous theory, he made Mallon a hunted woman. The Department of Health sent Mallon to North Brother Island, where she was kept in isolation from 1907 to 1910, then released under the condition that she never work as a cook again. Yet for Mary-- proud of her former status and passionate about cooking-- the alternatives were abhorrent. She defied the edict. Bringing early-twentieth-century New York alive-- the neighborhoods, the bars, the park carved out of upper Manhattan, the boat traffic, the mansions and sweatshops and emerging skyscrapers-- Fever is an ambitious retelling of a forgotten life. In the imagination of Mary Beth Keane, Mary Mallon becomes a fiercely compelling, dramatic, vexing, sympathetic, uncompromising, and unforgettable heroine.

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Author(s): Mary Beth Keane
Narrator(s): Candace Thaxton
Product Number C02441
Released: May 21, 2013
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ISBN: #9781470344825
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Author(s): Mary Beth Keane
Narrator(s): Candace Thaxton
Product Number Z06356
Released: Mar 12, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470345662
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Author(s): Mary Beth Keane
Product Number EB00562012
Released: Sep 11, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: #9781451693430

Professional reviews

"The fact that we still know names like Mrs. O'Leary and Lizzie Borden, dramatic figures from the late nineteenth century, speaks loudly of their collective influence. FEVER takes on the story of Mary Mallon, who was known to the media of her time as Typhoid Mary. This novelization of the life of a hardworking Irish immigrant is tough to resist, largely due to the professionalism of Candace Thaxton's narration. Thaxton transitions fluidly between Mallon's brogue and the rest of the narrative, presenting a clear-eyed view of the time period and its people. Details of life in New York City and its environs are fascinating, and Mary herself is a complex character. At times, the story slows, but Thaxton gets it going again with her steady delivery. L.B.F. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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