“A juicy drama ... Bourdain creates a varied historical portrait of Mallon's time.”

— Claire Dederer Seattle Times on Typhoid Mary

Typhoid Mary

ISBN: 9780747566878


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Typhoid Mary


by Anthony Bourdain


In 1906, at a prosperous Long Island summer home, a family falls ill and typhoid is diagnosed. When Dr George Soper is called in to find the source of the contagion, he notices that the household cook has gone missing. She is Mary Mallon, the woman who would become known as Typhoid Mary. Soper, sanitary engineer turned sleuth, sees Mary as his Moriarty. He finds there has been an outbreak of typhoid fever in every household she has worked in over the past decade. Mary is a ‘carrier’, a seemingly healthy individual who passes on her dangerous