Published by Scribner on March 12th 2013
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This was a great book. Wonderfully written and a very interesting tale of Mary Mallone (Typhoid Mary). Mary Mallone was the first person in the United States identified as an asymptomatic carrier for Typhoid fever. She worked as a cook and many became sick and some died after she prepared food for them. She adamantly refused to acknowledge that anyone became sick as a result of her preparing food for them. She maintained that she was a healthy person and there was no connection between her cooking and people becoming ill.
I love books that make me think and also make me want to know more about he subject matter. I also love books that make me feel and this book made me feel, think and want to learn more. At first I really liked Mary and I liked how she advocated for herself and stood up for herself. But as the book went on, I wanted to take her and shake her. She refused to cooperate with authorities/doctors, changed her name, and did fully give information about her past. Was she really clueless or did she just not care? I have my theory but will let others decide for themselves.
As I stated above, this is a very well written book. The author obviously put a lot of time and effort into research. It is a compelling story; one that stays with you upon finishing the book. I will be recommending this book to my book club and to others I know who love a good book