My latest pleasure reading purchase is a book called: "In the Wake of The Plague: The Black Death & The World It Made”, by Norman F. Cantor.
I spent an entire summer in college reading books on The Black Plague. (Spend a subsequent summer reading about the worldwide influenza epidemic of 1917.) Light reading.
This book apparently was a New York Times Bestseller. (Sez so right here.) I must’ve missed it. But this book was apparently published just after 9/11, with apparent re-writes to capitalize on the national panicked zeitgeist at the time. The opening paragraphs of the book are overwrought with impending biomedical doom. [CUE: OMINOUS MUSIC.]
So I’m going to sit here in my haz-mat suit and curl up with this little bit of light entertainment. Nothing like a little froth to buoy one’s sense of life being worth living!
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