A humorous book about history's worst plagues--from the Antonine Plague, to leprosy, to polio--and the heroes who fought them.
Jennifer Wright is the author of It Ended Badly: Thirteen of The Worst Break-Ups In History. She has written for numerous publications, including McSweeney's, The New York Observer, Salon, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Popular Mechanics, Maxim, The New York Post and more. She lives in New York City with her fiance who is pretty sure she has a cold and not the bubonic plague.
Jaunty, lively, and filled with references to contemporary
cultural history, making this work a well-researched page-turner.
Readers will get an intense dose of history, written in a
not-hard-to-swallow style.--Library Journal Wright brings a
reliably sane and bitingly funny voice to a topic we never realized
we wanted to know so much about: historically devastating plagues!
Read this. . . .so that you can soon amuse your friends with the
best dinner party conversation ever. --NYLON, '50
Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2017' Wright doesn't simply state
gross-out facts or hold up solitary individuals as heroes. Instead,
she highlights the issues that impacted our understanding of and
response to medical nightmares. Leadership, religiosity, power
structures, and science collide...Written with Wright's signature
humorous tone, this is a grim but engaging look at some of
humanity's most feared foes. --Bust
Jennifer has a rare ability to make history funny, titillating, and relevant, in way I've not come across before. Her passion and enthusiasm jumps off the page and makes her most recent book Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them, a most compelling and important read. --Angela Ledgerwood, Lit Up Additional Praise for Jennifer Wright and It Ended Badly Wright combines a deep knowledge of her subjects with an abiding love for their depravity; she chronicles their breakups with a wit as sharp as a guillotine's blade.--People The tone--intimate, whimsical, smart, and silly at once--continues through two millennia of stories of love lost and found... Wright dishes dirt on all of them...with the gleeful irreverence of your wittiest friend recapping a particularly juicy episode of reality television.--The Boston Globe Immensely entertaining... If you've gone through a breakup, stock up on Haagen-Daz, block your ex's number, get drunk with your friends and buy this book.--BUST Magazine This is balm for the brokenhearted: we are laughing! We are learning!...Above all, It Ended Badly offers hope: for the late-night drunk texters, the doughnut smashers, and everyone else currently exhibiting bad breakup behavior.--Kirkus Although the 13 stories feature heartbreaking and horrific tales, Wright leaves the reader with positive and hopeful thoughts on love... The writing fits right in with the work of comedian authors Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler.--Library Journal (starred review) "Delightful... funny, irreverent... The book teaches even as it entertains, and applies modern psychology to the behavior of its subjects, providing both amusements and consolation to people likely in need of both." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)