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Don’t Bug Me – I’m Already Bugged!

Germaphobe or Germaphile? You might decide to switch teams after you read a few of these fiction and non-fiction selections about the smallest troublemakers in the world.

 
Saving the World
Alvarez, Julia
Saving the World
Follow the journey of a woman from Spain to the New World as she fights smallpox with the help of a dedicated doctor and a group of orphaned boys. Before she can save the world, she must save herself.
 
The Great Influenza
Barry, John M.
The Great Influenza
RC150.4.B37 2004
Everything you ever wanted to know about the American influenza epidemic of the early twentieth century is included in this fascinating history.
 
The Speckled Monster
Carrell, Jennifer Lee
The Speckled Monster: A Historical Tale of Battling Smallpox
RA644.S6 C37 2003
The story of the scourge of smallpox is a story of human ingenuity. Carrell paints a vivid portrait of the men and women who dedicated their lives to the eradication of this disease.
 
Chase, Marilyn
The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco
RC176.C2 C48 2003
Chase, medical reporter for The Wall Street Journal, tells the heartbreaking, terrifying, and ultimately triumphant story of San Francisco's response to the bubonic plague.
 
Diamond, Jared
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
HM206.D48 2005x
Diamond's sweeping history of the past 10,000 years of human society won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction. Fascinating, informative, and (believe it or not) a great beach read, too.
 
Divining Women
Gibbons, Kaye
Divining Women
From the author of Ellen Foster, a story set in post-World War I North Carolina. Two "diseases" at work here - misdiagnosed "female hysteria" and influenza.
 
Wickett's Remedy
Goldberg, Myla
Wickett's Remedy
From the author of Bee Season, a delightful story of a woman's battle against the newly- minted gods of the early twentieth century - physicians. Goldberg's story is enhanced by her inventive literary style - influenza was never this much fun!
 
Holman, Sheri
The Dress Lodger
Grave robbers - prostitutes - rat catchers - the Evil Eye -- cholera in 19th century London - we have it all!
 
Moote, A. Lloyd
The Great Plague: The Story of London's Most Deadly Year
RC178.G72 L665 2004
The deadly year was 1665. An absorbing medical and historical recreation of the terror in London as bubonic plague wiped out nearly a third of the city's population.
 
Last Town on Earth
Mullen, Thomas
Last Town on Earth
A small town in Washington state remains free from influenza and decides to keep all strangers out until the danger passes. That is, until an ailing soldier begs for sanctuary . . .
 

Updated: 8/12/09