the Literature of Pandemic

The stories of plagues past, both truth and fiction, can help us make sense
of what’s happening now.


The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143036494
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Published: Penguin Books - October 4th, 2005

The Decameron Cover Image
By Giovanni Boccaccio, Wayne A. Rebhorn (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393350265
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 8th, 2014

The Plague (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679720218
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 1991

The Andromeda Strain Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101974490
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Published: Vintage - January 24th, 2017

The Companions Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982122157
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - March 3rd, 2020

Love in the Time of Cholera (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307389732
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Published: Vintage - October 5th, 2007

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The Transmigration of Bodies Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781908276728
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Published: And Other Stories - July 5th, 2016

Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye-meets-Romeo and Juliet-meets-CSI. In a plague-ridden Mexican city, a fixer for the Mob known as The Redeemer is tasked with preventing urban warfare when two rival narco families end up with the dead bodies of each other's dearest child. Yuri Herrera works magic in a mere 100 pages, transporting you to a breathtakingly realized world, where, hiding under the neo-noir surface, the real stakes are no less than the mediating limits of language itself. Herrera, himself, exceeds.

— Tom


The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780393254754
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 9th, 2019

The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594482694
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 2nd, 2007

The Stand Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307947307
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Published: Anchor - August 7th, 2012

The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread--And Why They Stop Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541674318
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Published: Basic Books - July 7th, 2020

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Severance: A Novel Cover Image
By Ling Ma
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250214997
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

There is the premise of the book: a post-apocalyptic New York City full of the fevered who are doomed to repeat their everyday routines and daily tasks like zombies until they waste away and die; the protagonist, a young Chinese-American woman who joins a ragtag group of survivors headed to a facility near Chicago. And then there are the stomach-dropping, mindboggling scenes of horror, and the general feeling of unease or straight-out nausea that you feel reflected in the recognition of these portrayals of the hamster wheel of late capitalism. 

— Bonnie


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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

“The oldest hath borne most; we that are young/ Shall never see so much nor live so long.” -- from "King Lear." Told beautifully in both nonlinear and alternating perspectives over the course of fifteen years — before, after, and during the Collapse — "Station Eleven" weaves together characters while showing the ways in which their lives can be changed through even the most insignificant or trite moments and the troubles faced when ambition becomes obsession.

— Jeremy


Polio: An American Story Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780195307146
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - August 1st, 2006

Wilder Girls Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525645580
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Published: Delacorte Press - July 9th, 2019

The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780385479561
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Published: Anchor - July 20th, 1995

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393346619
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 9th, 2013

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Blindness Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780156007757
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Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 1999

A city whose people are suddenly, inexplicably going blind...The ensuing collapse of social order serves as a perfect backdrop for a full gamut of humanity to play out: brutality, compassion, desperation, love, degradation, vulnerability, hope. Saramago's fluid, shifting prose strikes just the right balance of harrowing and understated.

— Bonnie


The Old Drift: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101907146
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Published: Hogarth - March 26th, 2019

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And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780312374631
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - November 27th, 2007

An overwhelming chronology of systemic negligence and apathy.

— Carly


Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780300192216
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Published: Yale University Press - October 22nd, 2019

The Dreamers: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812984668
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 5th, 2019

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Find Me: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374536077
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Published: FSG Originals - February 2nd, 2016

A young woman waits out a plague ravaging the United States in a mysterious, isolated hospital. A surreal and emotional journey on par with Borges, Murakami, and Leonora Carrington.

— Jacob


Zone One Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455178
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Published: Anchor - July 10th, 2012

The End of October: A novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525658658
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Published: Knopf - April 28th, 2020

A Planet of Viruses: Second Edition Cover Image
$13.00
ISBN: 9780226294209
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 6th, 2015