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Subject: Searching for the right genre
Date Posted: 3/26/2009 5:41 PM ET
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Hi, I am new to the club and I was wondering if Historical fiction would be the place where I would find books on 17th 18th century epidimics and diseases? Like the yellow fever break out and the great depression...etc... Can anyone help me find out where I need to be looking for books like this? Thank you!

Date Posted: 3/26/2009 6:51 PM ET
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I'd think you'd want straight history (unless you want a story set during the epidemic)

Date Posted: 3/26/2009 7:27 PM ET
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Welcome to PBS and HF forum!

For fiction:  Year of Wonders  http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780142001431-Year+of+Wonders

For non-fiction: The Great Mortality : An Intimate History of the Black Death, The Most Devastating Plague of All Time http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780060006938-The+Great+Mortality+An+Intimate+History+of+the+Black+Death+The+Most+Devastating+Plague+of+All+Time+PS

Both of these are on my TBR.  I know there's one about yellow fever in the Ohio valley, but I can't think of the title.  There's more out there; Im sure someone will list them.  That's how my WL got so big.  You can also try the History forum.  This place is addictive. I love it!

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Date Posted: 3/26/2009 8:53 PM ET
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A great non-fiction work is The Ghost Map, about a cholera epidemic in London in the 1850s.

And this is on my TBR list, but I haven't read it yet: The Great Influenza by John M. Barry.

Definitely ask at the History forum, too--we need some more conversations over there!


Last Edited on: 3/26/09 8:56 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/27/2009 12:22 AM ET
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Donna I totaly agree "Year of Wonders" was the first book to come to my mind.  It was a great book.