Books Sandwiched In Meets Feb. 6
The Books Sandwiched In book discussion group will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Meeting Room C at Chapel Hill Public Library to discuss Fever by Mary Beth Keane. You are invited to bring a lunch and join the discussion.
Fever is an engaging book of historical fiction based on the life of Mary Mallon, who emigrated alone as a girl of 15 from Ireland to the United States in 1883. 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, 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. With this seemingly preposterous theory, he made Mallon a hunted woman. She is referred to by historians and the contemporary press as "Typhoid Mary". She was the first person to be identified as an "asymptomatic" carrier of typhoid fever at a time when the study of bacteria and germs was a new science, and not all medical professionals accepted the concept of asymptomatic carriers of a disease. As an asymptomatic carrier, she was always healthy and had no symptoms of typhoid or other diseases, and she never believed that she caused others to be ill. She is nevertheless credited with infecting over 50 individuals with typhoid fever and causing numerous deaths through her job as a professional cook in the New York area at the turn of the last century.
Books Sandwiched In is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month (except January and July) in meeting room C at Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive.
Who: Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library
What: Books Sandwiched In Book Club - Free and Open to the Public
Where: Chapel Hill Public Library
When: Wednesday February 6 – 11:30 am
Book: Fever by Mary Beth Keane
Books Sandwiched In, 2018-19
February 6: Fever, Mary Beth Keane
March 6: West with the Night, Beryl Markham
April 3: Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward
May 1: The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben
The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah