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The Resource Fever, Mary Beth Keane

Fever, Mary Beth Keane

Label
Fever
Title
Fever
Statement of responsibility
Mary Beth Keane
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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
Summary
In 1883, Irish immigrant Mary Mallon arrives in New York to pursue her dream of becoming a cook. Success seems within reach when she's hired by a wealthy Manhattan family, but quickly recedes when her employers fall violently ill. She flees, but the pattern repeats itself and the death toll rises until the New York Department of Health catches up to her. As an asymptomatic carrier of salmonella typhi, the strain of bacteria responsible for typhoid fever, Mary appears healthy but is capable of infecting others. Dubbed "Typhoid Mary," the city's notorious patient zero is placed under quarantine and spends the rest of her life alternately campaigning for her freedom and, despite the danger to all involved, attempting to return to the work she loves. - Description by Gillian Speace
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Tone
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Award
Library Journal Best Books 2013
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10171224
Cataloging source
BTCTA
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
Fever, Mary Beth Keane
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
800031459
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st Scribner hardcover ed.
Extent
306 p.
Isbn
9781451693416
System control number
(OCoLC)800031459
Label
Fever, Mary Beth Keane
Publication
Control code
800031459
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st Scribner hardcover ed.
Extent
306 p.
Isbn
9781451693416
System control number
(OCoLC)800031459

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