Thursday, January 25, 2018

Get Well Soon

Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright, 320 pages

I've been listening to the audiobook of Get Well Soon for the last few weeks, using my short commute to learn about everything from cholera to the bubonic plague to leprosy. This may not sound like a great way to start your day at work, but then, you probably haven't listened to this fascinating, and surprisingly funny, book. Each chapter takes on a different plague, discussing causes, reasons that it spread, and how society responded, scattered with plenty of witty comments that serve to punctuate her points as much as add levity. Maybe there are some that feel these topics should be treated with only solemnity, but I positively loved Wright's storytelling style. And props to audiobook narrator Gabra Zackman, who beautifully captures that style. Christa called this one of her favorites of 2017, and I can totally see why. Great book.

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