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Author: Jennifer Wright Narrator: Gabra Zackman Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781504799041

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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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  • “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
  • “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! Read this…so that you can soon amuse your friends with the best dinner party conversation ever."

    - Nylon magazine
  • “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
  • “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


  • An Best of the Year for 2017 in History
  • A Nylon Magazine Pick of Books We Can't Wait to Read

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About the Author

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, and her writing regularly appears in such publications as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Maxim.

About the Narrator

Gabra Zackman is an actress, author, and narrator who has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She was educated at Northwestern University. A classically trained actress, she has appeared in theaters all over the country as well as on film and television.