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We’re Living Through a Pandemic: Here are Our 6 Must-Read books

Since the earliest pandemic was recorded in 430 BC, the world has experienced communicable diseases that have ravaged human populations.  The topic has fueled the imaginations of some incredible authors.

During this current unsettling time of the coronavirus, we’re sharing six popular books on pandemics, thrilling fictional stories sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Great Influenza by John M. Barry 

Described as the epic story of the deadliest plague in history John Barry takes a step back into history to retell the story of the Spanish Flu. The Great Influenza explores the origins, medical developments and the repercussions of this pandemic. Barry covers a wide array of facts about this pandemic that readers are thoroughly enjoying in this time. The story is told from many different perspectives with characters ranging from doctors to the United States President at the time, Woodrow Wilson. Check out The Great Influenza now! 

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

Eerie, frightening, suspenseful!  That’s how one fan described The Andromeda Strain.  Author Michael Crichton weaves the story of a military space probe, sent to collect extraterrestrial organisms from the upper atmosphere.  The probe is knocked out of orbit and falls to Earth. Twelve miles from the crash site, an inexplicable and deadly phenomenon terrorizes the residents of a sleepy desert town, leaving only two survivors: an elderly addict and a newborn infant. The United States government is forced to mobilize Project Wildfire, a top-secret emergency response protocol.  It’s a techno-thriller that fans find chilling… download this New York Times Bestseller now!

The Stand by Stephen King

The master storyteller, Stephen King nails it in this apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil.  After a bio-engineered virus that acts like a revved up cold escapes from a U.S. government lab, it takes only weeks for almost all of humanity to succumb to the disease.  King has developed his characters in great detail and they are frighteningly real.  Fans of The Stand have listened to the audiobook over and over again, describing its ideas on society, human nature and the battle between good and evil as thought provoking and entertaining!   Download it here and find out for yourself why this haunting story has captured the attention of millions! 

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 

Impressive and terrifying… Much of this acclaimed novel is set in the wake of a devastating strain of the flu, which kills 99 percent of humanity. It’s the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

The book’s structure juxtaposes scenes of survivors of the epidemic with the sudden end of the world as we know it.  Ultimately the story is a hopeful one, focusing on the resilience of people and how art endures.   Described as a literary feast, Station Eleven is so intriguing, it won’t let you stop listening!  Download it now!

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The passionate love story between Florentino, a young man whose passion for Fermina, a seemingly unattainable woman, lasts over five decades as he tries to woo her from her loveless marriage.  The story takes place between the late 1870s and the early 1930s in a South American community troubled by wars and outbreaks of cholera.

Written by Nobel Prize Winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the rich descriptions will make you feel like you really are in the Caribbean experiencing civil unrest and hot summer nights.  An international best seller that became a movie in 2007, Love in the Time of Cholera explores the themes of love, aging, and death in a poignant and masterful way.   We think you’ll really enjoy it!  Download it here!

A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe

From 1665 to 1666, bubonic plague returned to Britain and devastated the city of London — killing roughly one quarter of its population in the span of 18 months. Over 50 years later, author Daniel Defoe drew upon historical documents to write a realistic account of the plague’s effects on the city.

There are a number of parallels to our current pandemic: Social distancing, shelter-in-place, economic disruption, wide spread fear.  This unsettling piece of historical fiction is well researched and conveys the terror of an outbreak that ultimately claimed over 100,000 lives.   Download this remarkable book here!

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