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  • Posted March 20, 2013

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    Reading about Mary Mallon, you feel the injustice that was done

    Reading about Mary Mallon, you feel the injustice that was done to her. Yet, if it were my child or relative that died, I certainly would feel differently.
    She was stripped of her life, literally, and put on an island in the Hudson River, North Brother Island. Left with very little contact, to the outside world. How could they do that to her? Written up in the press as Germ Lady, Typhoid Mary. Yet a dairyman who also is a carrier of the germ, is allowed to stay at home. He killed over a hundred people. Yes, Mary is credited with about 20 deaths.
    Mary is a spunky Irish immigrant, and pulls herself up from being a laundress to an exceptional cook. She wins raves from everyone who tastes her food. It is Mary's downfall. It is her passion, and yet people she has loved die.
    Mary Beth Keane has brought Mary Mallon to life, we meet the love of her life Alfred. Mary is content to live as Alfred's mistress, back in the late 1800's. That in itself had to be difficult. She was a woman before her time, living on the edge. Yet the people who loved Mary, really loved Mary, for who she was to them.
    When Mary, after three years, is finally let to return to her life, she is admonished to never take a job as a cook. Her passion is taken from her! Can she ever completely give cooking up? Her reasoning says that she has cooked for so many, and none of her friends have gotten sick?
    You are going to find this to be a very compelling historical read, and not going to put it down, until it is done. You will root for Mary, even though, we find her breaking the law?? What law? Don't miss this excellent story.

    I received this book through the Publisher Scribner, and Net Galley, and was not required to give a positive review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2013

    An unforgettable story of life in New York City at the beginning

    An unforgettable story of life in New York City at the beginning of the 20th century. You will learn how patients with consumption (TB) and Typhoid Fever were treated by the medical profession. Also, life in New York City at this time is vividly portrayed. Historical fiction book fans will love this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2013

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    4.5 stars I think it's pretty safe to say we've all come across

    4.5 stars

    I think it's pretty safe to say we've all come across the term Typhoid Mary at some point in our lives. But now that I know the history behind the term, I find myself not liking that phrase at all. Fever is a fascinating portrayal of a woman, an era, a specific time in New York City that is described in breath taking detail. Perhaps there will be a lot of people that will still find Mary Mallone a villain, that she was widely aware of her actions and the repercussions that would follow. I hated the way Mary was treated, and she was definitely demonized as a woman because I'm 100% sure that if she were a man, it would have been different.

    But the novel is much more than Mary Mallone's struggle. It's about her independent spirit, her relationship with Alfred and her other friends. I think Mary Beth Keane did a great job putting a human face to Mary Mallone, and I will never think of her as merely 'Typhoid Mary'. I really do believe that Mary did not want to hurt anyone, and unfortunately she has been marked as a criminal by history, but this novel really does her justice. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Great read

    Reallyenjoyed this book it just flowed and brought you into the story very fast you felt you knew mary mallon was also very informative from point of view that we all would have heard of thyfoid mary but knew nothing about her i enjoyed this book from start to finish and was sorry coming to the final pages that i at the end

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    Excellent.

    I have read both her books. Great reads. I highly recommend them. This book was fascinating. A++++ job.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Fascinating!

    Historical novel about Typhoid Mary, her life, her relationships, her incarceration, and New York in the early 1900's. Couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2014

    THE FEVER:Prologue

    One evening,on October 12,down at a little cottage on Callingbird Lane in a town called Reckless,there was a family.Katrina and Nole Dare,along with their young daughter named Alexandria.Katrina and Nole were kind folks;the kind who helped and did what they could.Six year old Alexandria was a charming little girl,and could make even the grumpiest person smile.But that day was Alexandria's seventh birthday.She'd been excited all day,asmost children are.As most children should be.But this day did not end happily for the Dares.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Read it

    Great book

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    Posted August 30, 2014

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