Fever by Mary Beth Keane

Fever, Mary Beth Keane, Typhoid Mary, Mary Mallon, Book Journey

The amazing story behind “Typhoid Mary”,  truly had no idea.  ~Sheila

 

Mary Mallon was 15 years old when she left Ireland to come to New York.  Mary ha a stubborn streak and she knew what she wanted and how to get it.  She worked hard laboring in kitchens learning skills as a cook until she became quite good.  Soon she found her sought after by New York’s elite families wanting the hard-working Mary with the skills of a chef to be theirs exclusively.

Then the families of those Mary cooked for began to get sick.  Some even died.  A particular keen-eyed Medical Engineer zoned in on Mary as being the common denominator.  He called this out openly, saying Mary was a “asymptomatic carrier” of Typhoid Fever.

For three years Mary was kept in isolation, away from those she loved and from anything to do with other people.

This is her story.

 

 

We have probably all heard at one point or another about “Typhoid Mary”.  At least in name.  For myself, that is all I knew.  When I discovered this book Fever on audio I felt this would be an opportunity to learn more of this woman.  I am glad I did.  Narrated by Candace Thaxton, Fever was an interesting listen about Mary Mallon’s life.  I enjoyed learning of her tough exterior. She was a strong woman who carried herself well even through the hard years.

Learning more of her story was very interesting.  I would recommend this one in either book or audio format, I feel both will come off well.

 

 

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 53 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Audible.com Release Date: March 12, 2013

 

About Sheila (Book Journey)

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Posted on July 28, 2015, in audio review and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. What an interesting topic! On another note, if I remember correctly you live in Brainerd and I am your “neighbor” for the week. Well, I’m up at Kavanaugh’s anyway. It’s SO LOVELY here in the summer. We really enjoy our week away and think about Brainerd the rest of the year. It’s our family tradition. We’ve already visited the Turtle bookstore in Nisswa, of course! Cheers and the best to you.

  2. I read this when it first came out. I found it fascinating! 🙂 Beth of Beth’s Book-Nook Blog

  3. wow 3 years in isolation. Ugh. Poor Mary. Sounds like a good one. thx

  4. I’m adding this to my list. It sounds fascinating!

  5. I love learning the story behind the familiar name. I’ll add this to my TBR list!

  6. This does sound fascinating. Terrific, concise review, Sheila!

  7. I watched a TV show on this a few years ago and it is an interesting story. Might well try this book too.

  8. This definitely belongs on my TBR. Thanks, Sheila!

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