Review: Terrible Typhoid Mary by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Actual Title: Terrible Typhoid Mary: A true story
of the Deadliest Cook in America
By: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Source: Borrowed
Format: Audiobook
Length: 3 hrs., 11 mins.
ISBN:  9781681415154


Terrible Typhoid Mary is the documented story about a woman named Mary Mallon, who was considered the first known healthy carrier of Typhoid after several cases had broken out in the homes of where she had been employed.

Although, I’m unsure of what the moral of this story would be, apart from wash your hands after going to the bathroom. The story of Mary Mallon raises questions about the treatment Mary had received by the government. The sexism that had been clearly noted as Mary was forced to live on North Brother Island, an island that once was home to isolated tuberculosis patients in a large hospital facility, while her male counterparts, who were also healthy carriers, were given similar medical treatment but were released shortly after their treatment. Health officials wouldn’t follow up on probation, and the men would continue to handle food even though they weren’t supposed to.

Mary just seemed to be on the radar, and there was no way out of the grips of New York City Health Department, particularly George Soper, a civil engineer with an experience in typhoid outbreaks.

Terrible Typhoid Mary is an interesting read, although a bit dry, but can be used to educate children on the importance of proper hygiene, whether that’s bodily or in food preparation.


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Starting the Booklist for 2017

Hey everybody!

As promised in my last wrap-up, I wanted to bring something up for what I might do for 2017. I know it sounds like so far away, but I figured I had a few extra minutes between studying that I could sneak away and write up a quick ‘hello’ and ‘what do you think’ post.

I’m thinking about reading a theme in the new year.


Anyway, I’m going to put out a survey to see what popularity calls for. The themes are kinda broad, but I’m sure I have enough titles in my TBR list to fill the demand.

I’m really looking forward to what you think I should be reading-reviewing next year.


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Monthly Wrap-Up (#23)

I’ve been in school for a month now. It’s been exhausting, so I guess this is where I’m supposed to insert an apology for not being more active. I am reading – well, I’m forced to read. So there will be at least one new review to go up by December. I had started listening to Terrible Typhoid Mary and although the audiobook was only 3 hours long, I still haven’t finished it. Seriously, I am le tired.

Books Reviewed

1. None of the Above | link
2. 100 Sideways Miles | link

Currently Reading

1. Terrible Typhoid Mary || link
2. World War Z || link
3. The Little Paris Bookshop || link

 September Stats

# Books Read: 2
# of Pages: 0
# of Hours Listening: 14
Total # of Posts: 4
Most Viewed: School Books
Runner Up: Why Giving Up a Vision Makes Me Nervous

2016 Stats

# Books Read: 50
# of Pages: 6691
# of Audiobooks: 13
Genre Most Read: YA

Upcoming news

Stay tuned for a bit of conversation and opinion as I gather my thoughts for 2017🙂

How was your month?


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