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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Wright Narrator: Gabra Zackman Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781504799010
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wright…highlights the issues that impacted our understanding of and response to medical nightmares. Leadership, religiosity, power structures, and science collide…Written with Wright’s signature humorous tone, this is a grim but engaging look at some of humanity’s most feared foes.”

    Bust magazine

  • “Wright…adopts a lighthearted approach…to delivering sociologically oriented descriptions of history’s greatest epidemics…Recognizing that something devastating could be right around the corner, Wright urges readers to heed history’s lessons and to be thankful for vaccines, hygiene, and antibiotics.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Gabra Zackman…is especially effective at capturing the author’s use of irony and occasional expressions of incredulity…[Wright’s] scholarship is evident, but she doesn’t want to discourage readers by taking an overly somber tone.”


  • “The author’s prose is jaunty, lively, and filled with references to contemporary cultural history, making this work a well-researched page-turner.”

    Library Journal

  • “Wright brings a reliably sane and bitingly funny voice to a topic we never realized we wanted to know so much about.”

    Nylon, “50 Books We Can’t Wat to Read in 2017”

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About the Author

Jennifer Wright is a columnist for the New York Observer and the New York Post. Her writing regularly appears in such publications as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Maxim.

About the Narrator

Gabra Zackman is an actress and narrator who has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards. She was educated at Northwestern University and performed at many venues in Chicago before touring the country with Boston Chamber Theatre and moving to New York. She has been seen on television in Law & Order.