Fever 1793 Review

  • An epidemic of fever sweeps through the streets of 1793 Philadelphia in this novel from Laurie Halse Anderson where “the plot rages like the epidemic itself” (The New York Times Book Review).
  • During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out.
  • Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie’s world upside down. At her feverish mother’s insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease.

 

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“I don’t give many books a five. This book’s historical accuracy on the many details of the 1793 Philadelphia yellow fever epidemic, makes it very informative.

The plot actually gets a B, for being a bit lame, as in there almost wasn’t a plot, but at the same time, it kept me reading. Really, the plot was a family had to deal with yellow fever, and at the end of the story the family is close to where it was when the story begins. It’s the historical detail and accuracy that make the book a valuable read.” By Dora A. Smith

“This is a fascinating account of a devastating fever epidemic in Philadelphia, then the capital of the United States, in 1793. Nearly overnight– people contract the disease and die within the hour– Mattie’s life goes from being a slightly overworked teenage daughter of a proprietor of a successful coffee house, to a young woman struggling to survive in a city that’s taken on the bleakness of a Mad Max film.
Yet somehow we never come as close to Mattie as we might, or as we do with the main character in Anderson’s SPEAK. Mattie’s thoughts are so much on survival and on food that at times the book feels a bit like a travelogue of a disaster. Salvation, when it comes, also seems abrupt. In the end, this is a quick way to get an immediate feel for a terrible time in history, but although we are told a lot about Mattie, her family, her hopes and dreams, somehow she stays elusive. Emotionally, the book is a little disappointing, but it’s still well worth a read.” By Gwen Orel

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Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Kindle price: Hardcover $16.21 Paperback $5.99 Audible from $17.95
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 1, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0689848919
ISBN-13: 978-0689848919
Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (908 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,069 in Books

Yellow Crocus Review

  • Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father. As she grows older, Mattie becomes more like family to Lisbeth than her own kin and the girl’s visits to the slaves’ quarters—and their lively and loving community—bring them closer together than ever. But can two women in such disparate circumstances form a bond like theirs without consequence? This deeply moving tale of unlikely love traces the journey of these very different women as each searches for freedom and dignity.

 

 

 

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“I was most surprised by how much beauty and pleasure I could find in a book which in large part is about slavery. I could not put it down. With two small toddlers at home, it is rare for me to finish a book in 6 months, let alone in the few days it took me to read Yellow Crocus. The details of the deep and powerful relationship between a white girl and the black woman who nursed, raised her and saved her life- enabled me (a white lady) to stomach more of the realities of slavery and glimpse for moments about how folks managed those times. Of course, as a mother, it was unbelievably painful to read about what Mattie (the main character) has to endure with her own children. But this a decidedly a good pain that brings me in touch with the strength and brilliance of women….and the ability of some to continue to do the hard work of mothering and loving under the most difficult of circumstances. Thanks to Abrahim for letting me shed many a meaningful tear.” By N. Mader

“This is one of those books that’s hard to put down, as the characters grab hold of you. The scenes are so vivid and linger on long past the end of the book. I realized while I was reading how rare it is that a novel deals directly with the intimate details of birth and mothering. It is an insightful look at the heartbreak, courage, silences, and love that exist amidst the cruelty of slavery and the bizarre rationalizations of those who profited from plantation life.” By Sheri P

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Author: Laila Ibrahim
Kindle price: Paperback $4.99 Audible $0.00 MP3 CD $7.18
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (August 19, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1477824758
ISBN-13: 978-1477824757
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
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A Dangerous Fortune Review

  • In 1866, tragedy strikes the exclusive Windfield School when a young student drowns in a mysterious accident. His death and its aftermath initiate a spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.
  • From the exclusive men’s clubs and brothels that cater to every dark desire of London’s upper class to the dazzling ballrooms and mahogany-paneled suites of the manipulators of the world’s wealth, one family is splintered by a shared legacy. But greed, fed by the shocking truth of a boy’s death, must be stopped, or the dreams of a nation will die.

 

 

 

 

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“Ken Follett writes two kinds of novels: good spy thrillers or good historical novels. This is the latter, a book where the reader is dipped into the subterfuge and manipulation of a major banking company in Victorian England, owned by the Pilaster family who have been haunted by an event which happened at a boarding school years ago. The plot has more twists than a corkscrew as the family’s need for money and recognition plunge them into devious playing of Victorian values, ambitious plans and even murder. Hugh Pilaster, the hero of the story, has a kind of Hugh-Grantish confusion about him, even as he fights to keep the love of his life and his position in society, which is at times both endearing and annoying, and we find out more about Victorian brothels than we really want to, but other than that, a brilliant read.” By J. Berry

“This is the third Follett book I’ve read in a row. It all started with Pillars of the Earth, the best book I’ve ever read. I read A placed Called Freedom right after that and enjoyed that alot as well. And I just got finished with A Dangerous Fortune. I can’t possibly say enough good things about Ken Follett. Once again, it’s the characters that drive the book. He takes you on a journey with these characters through many years of their lives and you get to see how they encounter, react and truimph over adversity. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but this is another ‘must read’ in my opinion. His characters are varied and colorful and the relationships, from friendship to love, villainy and hatred are so genuine I couldn’t help but wish that these people lived at that point in history. A wonderful read that I will no doubt enjoy again in the future.” By Matthew Schiariti

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Author: Ken Follett
Kindle price: Hardcover from $2.49 Paperback from $0.77 Mass Market Paperback $5.98
Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (November 1, 1994)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0440217490
ISBN-13: 978-0440217497
Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.9 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,474 customer reviews)
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