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Discussion of Fever: A Novel

  • Nov 19, 2013 · 8:00 PM
  • Barnes and Noble

Fever­­: A Novel- Mary Beth Keane


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.


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  • Emilya

    Very nice to chat with everyone last Tuesday. Got terribly lost on my way home (twice), but still worth it. If any of you Tudor historical novel fans would like to take a look at my friend's novel(s), the first one is called 'The Crown', the second is 'The Chalice' and her name is Nancy Bilyeau. What makes her books unique in the genre is that the heroine is a nun. You gotta love that. A very energetic nun. And if you keep in mind what was happening to monasteries and Catholicism in general during the reign of Henry VIII...the conflicts are deep and layered.

    November 23, 2013

  • Stephanie S.

    Great time!

    1 · November 20, 2013

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    A former member

    I'm not going to be able to make it tonight. My husband won't be home from work in time so I'm home with my sick 8 month old. I was really looking forward to it. Hope to make the next meeting.

    November 19, 2013

  • Sara

    Hey all! I just finished reading this book for "Plagues, Witches, and War", a free historical fiction class on Coursera.com. The author is visiting the class so some of you might be interested in joining so that you can see her seminar/lecture on the book. I'm going to try to come tomorrow night but my 11 month old is sick so whether or not I make it will depend on how she is feeling. Hope to meet you all, if not tomorrow then soon!

    November 18, 2013

  • Tracey H

    This wasn't changed to tonight was it?!

    November 12, 2013

    • Lisa B.

      It IS next week. Maura made a mistake in her excitement to discuss the book ;)

      2 · November 12, 2013

    • Stephanie S.

      I liked the book so much I would have discussed it twice! ;-)

      2 · November 12, 2013

  • lisa

    Will be great if I can make it sometimes. I'll keep checking for dates for upcoming meetings. Thanks :)

    November 9, 2013

  • lisa

    Hi! This sounds like a great group, perfect for me. I'm new to the area, but not new to book clubs. Tuesdays are generally not an easy night for me. Do you ever meet other days of week?

    November 9, 2013

    • Lisa B.

      We've actually been meeting on Wednesdays for about 5 years in a row now! Just switched to Tuesdays because my husband has something on Wed nights. We can always toggle back and forth each month?

      November 9, 2013

  • Lisa B.

    Looks like she won't be able to make it after all (get that message late last night). Maybe she'll come in the future!! :(

    November 4, 2013

    • Maura

      Thanks for trying Lisa. Still a book I am looking forward to discussing

      November 7, 2013

    • Lisa B.

      Same! :)

      November 7, 2013

  • Maura

    Glad to see folks liked the book. It caught my eye at the library and when I started reading it I could not put it down. Thanks Lisa for tracking down the writer.

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • Stephanie S.

    I agree! Now my big problem is that I would love to have her sign a copy (it's definitely a book I want to own) but I absolutely hate hardbacks with a passion. No idea why, but my heart belongs to paperback! ;-) So do I get the hardback so that I have a signed copy but know that I'll never pick it up again or just wait and get the paperback and read it over and over? Dilemmas, dilemmas! :-)

    October 30, 2013

    • Lisa B.

      Paperback comes out in March... you can decide what works for you :)

      October 30, 2013

  • Emilya

    Wait... when did 'Meet the Author' get added to this topic? She's going to meet with us? That's fantastic. I'll buy a hardback. Stephanie, think of it this way - it's a way to support an author you like. You might not ever pick up the hardcover for yourself, but you could loan it to friends to read and the author gets money! It's a win/win. Also, not only does she get the money, but the more books she sells, the more support her publisher will give her when she writes the next one. And she really deserves the support.

    October 30, 2013

    • Lisa B.

      She lives in Pearl River & we happen to have a mutual friend. I'm hoping she makes it that night - it is NOT an official b&n event. I borrowed it from the library but went out & bought it as well.

      October 30, 2013

  • Emilya

    Wasn't it great? So many things to love about it. It's really well thought out.

    October 29, 2013

  • Stephanie S.

    I loved this book!!

    October 29, 2013

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