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"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."--Dust jacket.
Published: New York : Scribner, 2013.
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451693416
Branch Call Number: F KEA
Characteristics: 306 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jul 24, 2019

Typhoid! Where did it start? Marry Mallon, 15, arrives in NYC and becomes a chef, But, she leaves a trail of disease where she has cooked. A great read.

Feb 26, 2018

Typhoid Mary is a woman known more by her reputation than her life. Her nickname has become a byword for evil, she's been the basis for TV criminals, and at least one super villain has been named after her. Yet why did she continue to cook even after she had been warned repeatedly that any dishes she made would be a hazard to public health? Was she simply stupid? Or just plain cruel?

"Fever" carefully makes the case for this woman. The author traces Mary's upbringing, her journey to America, her romance with an unsuitable man, her struggle to support herself, her talent for cooking, and yes, her disbelief that she was spreading typhoid even if she never suffered from the disease herself. A rich, evocative portrait of the early 1900's and the difficult circumstances that so many women faced. No wonder Elisabeth Moss is thinking of developing the novel into a movie.

Jan 29, 2015

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

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.

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

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.

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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