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ISBN#9781451693416
BIB ID#1633254
Call# FIC Keane

Fever

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Summary/Annotation ->  Mary Beth Keane, named one of the 5 Under 35 by the National Book Foundation, has written a spectacularly bold and intriguing novel about the woman known as "Typhoid Mary," the first person in America identified as a healthy carrier of Typhoid Fever. 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. The Department of Health sent Mallon to North Brother Island, where she was kept in isolation from 1907 to 1910, then released under the condition that she never work as a cook again. Yet for Mary-proud of her former status and passionate about cooking-the alternatives were abhorrent. She defied the edict. Bringing early-twentieth-century New York alive-the neighborhoods, the bars, the park carved out of upper Manhattan, the boat traffic, the mansions and sweatshops and emerging skyscrapers- Fever is an ambitious retelling of a forgotten life. In the imagination of Mary Beth Keane, Mary Mallon becomes a fiercely compelling, dramatic, vexing, sympathetic, uncompromising, and unforgettable heroine.

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Central Adult FictionFIC KeaneAdult Hard Cover0228564487996Available
RidgewoodFIC KeaneAdult Hard Cover0228564548235Available
PoppenhusenFIC KeaneAdult Hard Cover0228556503248Available
Glen OaksFIC KeaneAdult Hard Cover0228560662329Available
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Central Adult Fiction- Ask at DeskFIC KeaneAdult Hard Cover0228556485552Available
PeninsulaFIC KeaneAdult Hard Cover0228564552583Due 9-8-2014
ArverneFIC KeaneAdult Hard Cover0228564552609Available
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Central Adult Fiction- Ask at DeskFIC KeaneAdult Hard Cover0228556485545Available
FlushingFIC KeaneAdult Hard Cover0228546078525Available
Broad ChannelFIC KeaneAdult Trade Paperback0228568335399Available

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