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The Great Influenza
The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History | John M. Barry
An account of the deadly influenza epidemic of 1918, which took the lives of millions of people around the world, examines its causes, its impact on early twentieth-century society, and the lasting implications of the crisis.
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RainyDayReading
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Wow this one is filled to the brim with information. Covering everything from the virus, to how vaccines work & are developed, to the scientists desperately trying to save lives and the politicians getting in their way, this book covers it all. Sometimes it seemed to repeat itself, but it didn‘t happen often enough to annoy me. It‘s unsettling how similar our current situation is to the one in 1918. We‘re not as advanced as we think we are.

RainyDayReading @TheAromaofBooks this was my #bookspin for September. 2mo
Amiable I loved this book and recommend it all the time! 2mo
RainyDayReading @Amiable It‘s so good! It‘s definitely going to be one I recommend a lot now too. 2mo
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Texreader You make medical nonfiction sound fascinating! Stacked! 2mo
RainyDayReading @Texreader Thank you!! ☺️It‘s one of those nonfiction genres that I never thought I‘d read and now I‘m absolutely hooked. 2mo
Amiable @Texreader @RainyDayReading If you want suggestions for more medical nonfiction, I can help! My husband calls my predilection for reading that sub-genre “Amy‘s Disease-of-the-Month Book Club.” 🙄😀 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
RainyDayReading @Amiable I would love some suggestions!! I‘ve read a handful already, but I‘m always on the hunt for more! 😂 omg I love that! 2mo
Amiable @RainyDayReading I've been obsessed with the 1918 flu pandemic since my great-grandmother (who died when I was 14) described what it was like to live through it. While the Barry book is the best, others include “Pandemic 1918“ by Catharine Arnold and “Flu: The Story Of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It“ by G. Kolata and “Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed The World“ by L. Spinney. (edited) 2mo
Amiable For AIDS: Two excellent reads are “My Own Country: A Doctor's Story“
by Abraham Verghese and “And the Band Played On“ by Randy Shilts. Both were 5-star reads for me.
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Amiable For Ebola: “The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus“ by Richard Preston in kind of a classic. Preston followed that up later with “Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come.“ Another one, “Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond“ by Sonia Shah, was a decent read. (edited) 2mo
Amiable For polio: “Polio: An American Story“ by David M. Oshinsky 2mo
Amiable For diabetes: “Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle“ by Thea Cooper and Arthur Ainsberg 2mo
Amiable For yellow fever: “The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic That Shaped Our History“ by Molly Caldwell Crosby 2mo
Amiable For malaria: “The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years“ by Sonia Shah (edited) 2mo
Amiable For cancer: “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer“ by Siddhartha Mukherjee 2mo
Amiable For cholera: “The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World“ by Steven Johnson 2mo
Amiable For smallpox: “The Speckled Monster: A Historical Tale of Battling Smallpox“ by Jennifer Lee Carrell, “Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 “ by Elizabeth A. Fenn or “Pox: An American History“ by Michael Willrich (edited) 2mo
Amiable For radiation poisoning: The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women“ by Kate Moore 2mo
Amiable For encephalitis lethargica (sleeping sickness): “Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic that Remains One of Medicine's Greatest Mysteries“ by Molly Caldwell Crosby 2mo
Amiable And of course the classic one about germs in general: “Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies“ by Jared Diamond. 2mo
Amiable That should get you started. LOL .
Also, I work at a hospital health system doing marketing and communications and a large part of my job is writing patient education materials, so there's a reason for my disease obsession. I'm not a complete weirdo. ;)
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Julsmarshall
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This one took me a long time to get through but I‘m glad I read it. A detailed history of the 1918 flu epidemic, it taught me a lot about society, health safety and communicable diseases. And that we humans aren‘t great at learning from our history. Overall, a great piece of nonfiction. #BookspinBingo #Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 4mo
Leftcoastzen I‘ve been meaning to get to this one for a long time. 4mo
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kricheal
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The lessons that were learned by one president then quickly thrown out by the next. Things could have turned out so differently for so many people this past year.

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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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8 hours in and I just couldn't finish it. More than 30% of the beginning isn't even about the 1918 flu, but about the history of medical schools in America and how quickly the measles and pneumonia spread at military bases across the country. There is so much information in here that I got bogged down with the detailed history of the major doctors and couldn't differentiate them.

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K.Wielechowski
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EXCELLENT!!
A year into the Covid pandemic & I decided it was the perfect time to learn more about the 1918 Influenza pandemic. Well, it was pretty evident that we didn‘t learn much from the past when it came to handling Covid b/c we made most of the same mistakes they did a century ago. (We did do some things right too)
It was really interesting learning about the developing scientific techniques used to combat the influenza that killed so many.

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mjdowens
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So far at 27% of this audiobook and VERY little about the actual disease. It keeps branching off about so many other subjects. I understand some background is needed, but this is a huge bore so far.

KCofKaysville Some of it gets better, but it is a difficult read sometimes.
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Lesanne
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While this might not have been the most enjoyable read I found it so informative and of course relevant to this year that it has to be one of my #12Booksof2020. Book 7 for me.

Amiable Oh, I loved this book! It sounds weird to admit that. 😄 But it‘s very well written. 11mo
Booklover2 Excellent book. I read it too to learn about pandemics and how we handled it before. 11mo
Andrew65 We‘ll wait for the books covering the COvID pandemic. 11mo
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speljamr
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An absolutely solid look at what it took to combat the 1918 epidemic, the scientific institution and scientists involved, the affect of being in the middle of a war, and what it was like for the average citizen. There are many lessons here for what we are dealing with in 2020 and clearly shows that there are many we failed to learn from. I strongly recommend this if you want to see what the worst can really be like. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

#history #science

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Nonfiction about 1918 which is Shockingly relevant today.

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kricheal
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Starting this next on #audible. I keep having to wait on holds on overdrive. Need a change.

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Shay
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“Those historians who have examined epidemics and analyzed how societies have responded to them have generally argued that those with power blamed the poor for their own suffering and sometimes tried to stigmatize and isolate them.”

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Julsmarshall
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Ooh, I need a new challenge! My goal is to average 200 pages a day. I‘ve never measured my reading by the page, this will be fun! #awesomeaugust Thanks @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck, I enjoy measuring my reading by pages. 😊👍 1y
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SailorJohn
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Given our current pandemic this is a scary book. The pandemics don‘t parallel each other but the similarities are striking. I read history books because I always get a new appreciation for our ancestors and the battles they fought.

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Julsmarshall
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Guys! My book buying is getting out of control. No new books for me in August. I‘m vowing it now! But until then . . . (and with one more order to arrive ) look at these beauties!

Sace My book buying has been out of control since the 80s 😂 1y
MaGoose I'm glad I'm not the only one who has this "problem." Nice haul. ?? 1y
Texreader I may have to get that Chee book! My mom has handwritten narratives about her childhood for me. I‘d love to edit it and turn it into her autobiography 1y
Texreader @Sace Haha!! Me too! I had a tiny bedroom growing up and when my sister moved out and I had it to myself I had an enormous bookshelf that took up probably 1/4th of the room! 1y
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TheBookStacker
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Just some light reading while I‘m home alone for the week/weekend. 🤓

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Cortg
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Wow! At 19+ hours I found this book on the Spanish Flu fascinating! I learned so much, not only about this strand of the flu that killed from 1918-1920. I don‘t think there was a stone left unturned when it comes to dealing with a pandemic! The Afterword was rewritten a few years ago and I‘m curious to read what he rewrites after COVID-19. He did say we are nowhere near prepared for an epidemic. If I read this a year ago it‘d be a different vibe!

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Kempii
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AWFUL! The book is very long, overly detailed, and the only new thing I learned about the 1918 influenza was that the Great War‘s troop deployments helped spread the virus. Not surprising. The first third is an exhausting detailed history of U.S. medical schools. The second third is about the evolution of science research institutions. Save yourself 15 hours of life and skip this one. I wish I had bailed!

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Cortg
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Lots of audiobooks ready! 3 are library loans. I decided to start the tagged book first. My air pods will be glued to my ears for the next few weeks!

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Lesanne
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Fascinating narrative of the devastating influenza pandemic of 1918-something we don‘t really learn much about today. Meticulously researched, it‘s densely packed with reams of information; from symptoms and spread of the virus to pathophysiology to the brilliant scientists & physicians who fought this horrific disease. It‘s very accessible but I confess to skimming the last third or so because I‘m just not that detail oriented. ⬇️

Lesanne It would definitely be an intoxicating read for someone who likes that level of specificity. And of course parts of it are eerily reminiscent of our current predicament with COVID-19, which was a little scary. Definitely recommended! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2y
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Lesanne
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I‘m about halfway through! It‘s a little slow going for me, I think because there‘s just so much information to absorb. Also my thoughts keep wandering to compare what I‘m reading with our current worldwide situation! Stay safe and healthy, my friends!! #SocialDistancing

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4thhouseontheleft
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I feel like the world is hinting that I should read this. 😁 So it‘s going on my #bookspin list to fill the gap left by my March read.

This edition has an afterword about the Avian flu. I‘m guessing the next edition will have a coronavirus section!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty pic 💜 scary topic! 2y
Leftcoastzen Been on my TBR for a long time. 2y
4thhouseontheleft @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks! @Leftcoastzen Same! Hubby read it years ago. One day I‘ll get around to it. 2y
Amiable This is a phenomenal read 2y
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Lesanne
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Finally getting to settle down and make some progress on this one. Have a great evening everyone!

Crazeedi Excellent book 2y
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Lesanne
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“Not only did no medical school in the United States require entering students to have either any scientific knowledge or a college degree, neither did any American medical school emphasize science.”
(Description of the state of medicine in the US in the late 19th century)
😕

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I have this in my TBR - seems especially relevant right now 😬 2y
Lesanne @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I know! I‘m almost scared to keep reading. 😳 2y
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Lesanne
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With the current possible pandemic in the wings I thought this sounded really interesting. As I‘ve gotten older I‘ve gravitated more toward nonfiction, for some reason. Can‘t wait to dive in! 😃

Scochrane26 I read more NF now, too. Pretty soon I‘ll be like my dad reading about obscure Ky settlers. 🙄😂 (edited) 2y
Lesanne @Scochrane26 Well, it is the law that we turn into our parents, so....🤨😆 2y
Scochrane26 @Lesanne I think I read more because I‘ve been out of school a long time & am curious about different topics. NF seems more interesting now—a lot of books are written in a more engaging style. I also like NF on audio. 2y
Lesanne @Scochrane26 I agree! Plus I find that it‘s difficult to find fiction that‘s truly original and not formulaic. I guess that‘s a side effect of aging as well! 2y
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Follow.my.read
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Maybe not the most comforting book at the start of a worldwide pandemic but very interesting indeed!

Lynnsoprano This is sitting on my shelf and I looked at it the other day but thought, not now. 2y
Ephemera I loved reading this book. My father lost his dad and baby sister to this flu. I gave it to my mom to read and she devoured it. Well researched, reads like a novel. 2y
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Topcats69
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Great book and great listen

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Leftcoastzen
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With the flu comes a #fever Two books about the World War I era flu pandemic.Still on my TBR .More US soldiers were killed by the flu than in battle.I may be a bit afraid to read them.
#MOvember

Cinfhen I found these type of books equally fascinating and terrifying 2y
Amiable Oh, I loved these books! Especially “The Great Influenza” —what a great read. 2y
Crazeedi Great influenza was excellent, havent read the other, I'll look for it 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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Someone is being mischievous today. 😼 #catsofLitsy #HelloKitty

wanderinglynn 😂 Love the expression. It‘s like, “what? This is my spot from where I spy on you.” ❤️🐱 2y
TheSpineView ❤🐾 2y
Leftcoastzen 😻 2y
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ravenlee Nothing to see here. Move along. 2y
Scochrane26 That is so adorable! 2y
Soubhiville I almost didn‘t see! Very sneaky. 2y
CoffeeCatsBooks Kitties and their cubbies! 😸 2y
BookNAround Love that nothing got knocked over in the process of getting back there! 2y
4thhouseontheleft @BookNAround She usually knocks a ton of books over when she goes back there, I was impressed! 2y
Clwojick SUCH a peach 😍 2y
Amiable Love the kitty, but I also love that I see a copy of “The Great Influenza” on your shelf! Fantastic book. 👍🏼 2y
4thhouseontheleft @Clwojick she‘s something, all right. 😂😂 @amiable so, that book has been on my shelf for years and I‘ve never read it. I have always struggled with books about contagious 🦠 giving me nightmares (Hot Zone had me sleepless for days way back when!), so I‘ve never built up the nerve to read it! 2y
VioletBramble The Great Influenza is my favorite book about the flu pandemic. It‘s more personal stories and research and less Hot Zone scary. (edited) 2y
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Amiable
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My contribution for the “J” prompt in #30junebooks is “The Great Influenza” by JOHN M. Barry. This is a fascinating examination of the influenza epidemic of 1918, in which 100 million people worldwide died. (100 MILLION. In 24 weeks. 😳) I‘m a sucker for disease and epidemic books, and this one hit all my must-haves for a great work of narrative nonfiction.

@howjessreads

Leftcoastzen This is on mountain TBR! 3y
Soubhiville Your flowers are lovely! 3y
Amiable @Soubhiville Thanks! I just got them this weekend, so they‘re still alive. For now. 😀 3y
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Amiable @Leftcoastzen It‘s very detailed—some might say too much so. But I‘m a huge nerd for what my husband calls my “disease-of-the-month book club,” so I loved it! 3y
howjessicareads I need to read this! I loved The Ghost Map, and this seems similar. 3y
Crazeedi I absolutely loved this book. So much I did not know about the real beginnings of this epidemic! 2y
Crazeedi I'm a sucker for these kind of books too...😬😊 2y
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MicrobeMom
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This morning‘s beautiful #audiowalk. The last of this snow will be gone by tomorrow. Let Spring begin! #litsywalkers

kstadt929 Jealous! We have so many deep piles of snow still (it is actually a wintery mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow right now)...so ready for spring weather!!! 3y
Wife 🌹 3y
MicrobeMom @kstadt929 where are you? We have had the worse winter without any real snow storms. Just ice 1-3 inches. I was hoping for 1 large storm but no luck so far. Next week we are supposed to be in the 50s and 60s. Hope you get spring soon! 3y
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kstadt929 @MicrobeMom Wisconsin! We have had the most snowfall we‘ve had in years and years. Earlier this week I saw a thing saying we had 67.5 inches of snow so far this winter (and that was before yesterday‘s storm!) and the average is 51! There was a storm of snow and/or sheets of ice covering the road almost every week from mid Jan-Feb. I think that is why I‘m so sick of it this year and just need spring to get here! 3y
MicrobeMom @kstadt929 oh yes! I have family in Green Bay! Lots of snow! I think you guys got all our snow this year. I hope it melts and the temp warms up for you soon! 3y
kstadt929 @MicrobeMom Thank you!! 3y
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MicrobeMom
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My little man is on day 4 of being home from school and day 5 of suffering from the flu. I can‘t imagine how sick he would have been if we wasn‘t vaccinated! Well gives mom a whole lot of time to catch up on reading and knitting!

C.Perone awwww🙁 hope he feels better soon! 3y
cobwebmoth Hope he feels better soon! 3y
Eyelit 💚💚💚 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope he feels better soon!! 💙💙 3y
JennyM Get well soon little dude! 3y
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Bookwormjillk
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Something cheerful for the ride in.

Kaye NF🌟 3y
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lobo_neves
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Very interesting. I've learned a lot about the period and the pandemic. I was always curious about that since I've seen many, many graves in the local cemetery all dated the same few weeks of 1918. It's worth of note though that it's a heavy reading and sometimes the text just doesn't flow.

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Conservio
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I am finally done. I primarily read this book at school in chunks of 15-20 minutes twice a week. I learned a lot and can teach my virology friends some things ;). My only complaint was disregarding Ms.Rosalind Franklin about DNA and stating things that aren‘t 100% certain.
#science #influenza #epidemiology

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Conservio
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Excuse me?!? What about Ms. Rosalind Franklin?!?!
#sexism

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Conservio
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Slowly making my way through. #workreads #exercise

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Conservio
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Fun fact Pneumonia was the leading cause of death in the U.S until 1936 #funfact #exerciseandread

tpixie Great info in this book! Go get your flu shot!! 4y
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Conservio
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Eating some pineapple curry and getting caught up on my reading #thai

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Conservio
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Fun fact #1: the Spanish Influenza has killed more people than #aids and the #bubonicplague. #viruses #history #science

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Conservio
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4/6 biographies down. I read "5 Days at Memorial" by Sheri Fink and loved it. I'm also fascinated by epidemics and disease. #tbr #disease #science #biography #womanrolemodels

Crazeedi I love books on epidemics and disease too. 4y
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Clevercactus
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Went to the doctor and tested positive for #influenza. Figured it's a good time to start reading this book. #flu

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Zelma
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I finally got to a used bookstore in town that for some reason had never visited. I am in love! 😍 I'll take photos next time, but this place was great! Friendly knowledgeable owner, organized, tons of subjects, lots of light, cozy, books in a great condition, and a cat. 😻 this was my #bookhaul that I spent a bit too much on.

ChasingOm I bought the Book of Strange New Things at a used bookstore today too! 😂 5y
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Zelma @BarbaraTheBibliophage I am so excited about all of theses titles! @Booksandcooks I know I could have gotten this at a library, but I felt a need to buy it today. 😋 @ChasingOm 😆 nice! 5y
Megabooks I own it as a hardback, ebook and audiobook. That's how much I love it!! 5y
Zelma @Booksandcooks now that is a strong endorsement! 😁 5y
Literaryunicorn Station Eleven is really great! 5y
Hooked_on_books The Omnivore's Dilemma is one of my favorite books! It is just so good--it'll make you think for sure. We should all think about where our food comes from. 5y
BookswithB Station Eleven! 5y
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Loralie
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Beautifully written book considering the subject. It ranges from the science to war to life to misinformation all while bring the people discussed to life with all of their flaws.

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Loralie

I was in avoidance mode today & took refuge in reading & science which is my jam. Donated blood to start this Inauguration Day off right & am now reading this amazing book about the 1918 flu epidemic.

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OffTheBeatenShelf.com

The books that strike fear in my heart are a little different than your average horror/thriller/suspense book. I shared 8 books that scared me on my blog today (http://www.offthebeatenshelf.com/blog/halloween2016) so does that mean my #giveascarybook hashtag counts 8 times? 😝 Let's give more kids more books!

🎃🕸🎃🕸🎃🕸🎃🕸🎃🕸🎃🕸🎃🕸
#allhallowsread #booktober #scaretober #halloween #giveascarybook

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ooo! Yay! I love scary book recommendations! Subscribing! 5y
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Crazeedi
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This is an incredible book, Rosie and I were fascinated by the wealth of information we never knew about this pandemic. And what our government did to deny this was happening, just because they were all about the Great War. Needless lives lost in so many ways. Highly recommend

tpixie This has been on my TBR forever! I‘ve got to move it up!! 4y
Andrew65 You might be interested in As Bright As Heaven, if you have not read it. The 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic figures strongly in this excellent book, and particularly it‘s outbreak in Pittsburgh which I think was the worst affected city in the US. (edited) 4y
Crazeedi Andrew65 thank you, I will definitely look for that book, sounds fascinating 4y
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Crazeedi I have read other books by Susan meissner 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage These re my favorite kinds of books. So hi! We nonfiction readers gotta stick together. Here‘s two of my favorite Litsy nonfiction readers: @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Booksandcooks 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Following, and stacking! Thanks for the tag @BarbaraTheBibliophage 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ll add this one to my to read pile for #nonfiction2018 4y
Megabooks Thanks for the tag @BarbaraTheBibliophage 😃 the book sounds really interesting #stacked 4y
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onceuponawhim
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Current read. It's fascinating!