Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright audiobook

Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them

By Jennifer Wright
Read by Gabra Zackman

7.73 Hours 02/07/2017 Unabridged
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A witty, irreverent tour of history’s worst plagues―from the Antonine Plague, to leprosy, to polio―and a celebration of the heroes who fought them In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn’t stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon thirty-four more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-nineteenth-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome―a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure. And in turn-of-the-century New York, an Irish cook caused two lethal outbreaks of typhoid fever, a case that transformed her into the notorious Typhoid Mary. Throughout time, humans have been terrified and fascinated by the diseases history and circumstance have dropped on them. Some of their responses to those outbreaks are almost too strange to believe in hindsight. Get Well Soon delivers the gruesome, morbid details of some of the worst plagues we’ve suffered as a species, as well as stories of the heroic figures who selflessly fought to ease the suffering of their fellow man. With her signature mix of in-depth research and storytelling, and not a little dark humor, Jennifer Wright explores history’s most gripping and deadly outbreaks, and ultimately looks at the surprising ways they’ve shaped history and humanity for almost as long as anyone can remember.

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Summary

Summary

An Audible.com Best of the Year for 2017 in History

Finalist for the Library Journal Best Audiobook Listen List

An Audible Editors Top Pick of Audiobooks

A Nylon Magazine Pick of Books We Can't Wait to Read

A witty, irreverent tour of history’s worst plagues―from the Antonine Plague, to leprosy, to polio―and a celebration of the heroes who fought them

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn’t stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon thirty-four more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-nineteenth-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome―a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure. And in turn-of-the-century New York, an Irish cook caused two lethal outbreaks of typhoid fever, a case that transformed her into the notorious Typhoid Mary.

Throughout time, humans have been terrified and fascinated by the diseases history and circumstance have dropped on them. Some of their responses to those outbreaks are almost too strange to believe in hindsight. Get Well Soon delivers the gruesome, morbid details of some of the worst plagues we’ve suffered as a species, as well as stories of the heroic figures who selflessly fought to ease the suffering of their fellow man. With her signature mix of in-depth research and storytelling, and not a little dark humor, Jennifer Wright explores history’s most gripping and deadly outbreaks, and ultimately looks at the surprising ways they’ve shaped history and humanity for almost as long as anyone can remember.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Leadership, religiosity, power structures, and science collide…Withith Wright’s signature humorous tone, this is a grim but engaging look at some of humanity’s most feared foes.” Bust magazine
“Wright brings a reliably sane and bitingly funny voice to a topic we never realized we wanted to know so much about: historically devastating plagues!” Nylon magazine
“It would be all too easy to read this book about devastating diseases with a basso profundo voice of doom…Instead, narrator Gabra Zackman follows the author’s lead and takes a lighter tone. She is especially effective at capturing the author’s use of irony and occasional expressions of incredulity. This makes the narrative flow more easily and keeps listeners engaged.” AudioFile
“Narrator Gabra Zackman does a wonderful job accentuating the tongue-in-cheek aspects of these riveting accounts and will leave listeners with the impression that some ancient plagues were better handled than modern ones.” Library Journal (audio review)
“This well-researched book is a disturbing, hard-to-put-down reminder that Mother Nature can be a fierce adversary.” Booklist
“The author’s prose is jaunty, lively, and filled with references to contemporary cultural history, making this work a well-researched page-turner. Readers will get an intense dose of history, written in a not-hard-to-swallow style.” Library Journal
“Wright…adopts a lighthearted approach…to delivering sociologically oriented descriptions of history’s greatest epidemics…Wright urges readers to heed history’s lessons and to be thankful for vaccines, hygiene, and antibiotics.” Publishers Weekly
“Wright has done her homework…Wright has covered a lot of medical territory with good information.” Kirkus Reviews
“Jennifer has a rare ability to make history funny, titillating, and relevant…Her passion and enthusiasm jumps off the page and makes…Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them, a most compelling and important read.” Lit Up

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Author

Author Bio: Jennifer Wright

Author Bio: Jennifer Wright

Jennifer Wright is a columnist for the New York Observer and the New York Post, covering sex and dating. She was one of the founding editors of TheGloss.com, and her writing regularly appears in such publications as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Maxim.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 7.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English