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Plague Books Recommended by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is famously known for her dystopian novels so she obviously knows a thing or two on how to handle quarantine and self-isolation. On Twitter this past Tuesday, Atwood recommended some books for her fans who are self-isolating right now.

The actress Mia Farrow put in a request for books about the plague. Atwood replied by recommending Rats, Lice, and History, by Hans Zinsser. This book is about the disease typhus. It`s a biography of the disease as seen throughout history.

 

 

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The author also recommended Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared Diamond. Which discusses European Microbes, viruses and how they affected America.

 

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Gross titles, I know. But maybe they will appeal to some people? Just maybe?

And if you want nothing to do with books about plagues or the end of the world, Atwood recommended classics such as Jane Austen and Agatha Christie. You can never go wrong with those two!

 

 

Of course you can also read Margaret Atwoods own dystopian novels as well!

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Barnes & Noble Layoffs Seem Inevitable Due to Coronavirus

Businesses are closing across the country, due to the coronavirus epidemic. As a result, businesses are struggling to pay employees as they stay shut down.

Barnes & Noble CEO, James Daunt, writes to workers stating, “The truth is that we cannot close our doors and continue to pay our employees in the manner of Apple, Nike, Patagonia and REI. They can do this because they have the resources necessary; we, and most retailers of our sort, do not.” Barnes and Noble still has yet to shut down all stores, but it is clear that they will face consequences brought on by this pandemic if they do.

 

 

“Temporarily, and with sincere regret, on closure we lay off all those employees impacted with less than 6 months employment on the day of closure,” Daunt explained to VICE. Daunt mentions that, employees will first make use of their payed time off, then any workers with more than a year of employment will get up to two weeks of extra pay. Unfortunately, employees with under six months of employment were laid off.

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This pandemic had dropped the number of sales made by Barnes & Noble. In order for the company to break even, they need to cut costs. Daunt does end on a positive note and affirms that any permitted stores allowed to reopen will intend to rehire.

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Interactive Journals to Bring You Peace of Mind

Life has undoubtedly been stressful lately as we navigate these uncertain times. Interruptions to our daily routines can definitely be a source of anxiety, one that might leave us feeling a bit restless.

Netflix may be a welcome distraction, but when you’re diligently practicing social distancing and you’ve marathoned four new shows in a week, there comes a definite itch to do something new (I know this itch very well). It’s also very important to look out for the well-being of others and yourself, both mentally and physically! So, why not distract yourself with these awesome interactive journals that will also help you manage one day at a time? After you’ve washed your hands for *at least* twenty seconds, of course. Happy journaling!

How to be happy (or at least less sad): a creative workbook by lee crutchley

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This innovative journal has a plethora of activities to keep your mind fresh and focused on being the best you can be.

 

 

1 page at a time: a daily creative companion by adam j. kurtz

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This “companion” sparks your daily creativity and challenges you to think outside the box. Regular check-ins in the form of thought-provoking activities help you take on life. One day at a time, one page at a time.

Pick me up: a pep talk for now and later by adam j. kurtz

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When you’re feeling a little low, this is a great journal to spend some time on. These pages are rich with gratitude, admiration, and self-love.

 

Start where you are: a journal for self-exploration by meera lee patel

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Explore yourself and everything you can be with this one.

rage page: a journal for the bad days by john t

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Having a bad day? Channel your rage into the pages of this awesome journal- complete with pictures to color in and plenty of lines for all those rage scribbles.

 

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Books Aren’t Amazon’s Top Priority

In this time of need, Amazon, has decided to suspend shipping for items that aren’t top priority. Unfortunately, even with all the school closings, books aren’t considered a priority right now. Only things people ACTUALLY need are going to be shipped.

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Now that everyone is basically quarantined in their homes, ordering supplies is what people are doing more now than ever. So, because of this increase in demand, medical supplies and other household essentials are taking top priority. These things should be priority because it is what people need the most of, and going to the stores isn’t always an option, mainly because lots of the items are already sold out. Books is just one of many items that Amazon ships out, that will be taking a back seat until at least April 5.

 

However, the company knows how hard this going to be on business, so they are doing their best to increase their capacity. About 100,000 part time and full time job positions for the company are open all over the U.S. Maybe the people who are struggling with money during this pandemic can apply for an Amazon position. They need all the help they can get, and it’s important that we work together to get through this tough time. This will definitely hurt the self-published authors who publish through the company and independent sellers as well.

For all you book lovers out there, remember if you have a Kindle, you can download E-books from Amazon or you can always re-read the books on your shelves that you already own. Books are important, but right now keep washing your hands and stay inside.

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9 Pandemic Themed Books for Those Stuck at Home

Recently, the movie Contagion has found renewed interest due to the coronavirus pandemic. Novels about diseases are also garnering increased interest. If you’re hunkered down at home and have a dark sense of irony, try reading some of these pandemic-themed books.

 

1. the plague (1947)

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This book is set in Algeria, Northern Africa, and is a powerful study of human life and its meaning when a deadly virus sweeps through a city and takes massive proportions of its population. It is essentially a parable of life, we can move forward and sometimes move backward again, find ourselves facing huge challenges yet clinging onto irrational hope, a stubborn refusal to quit, and the fact that we all share this struggle with everyone else.

 

2. the andromeda strain (1969)

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This book centers around a deadly extraterrestrial microorganism, which threatens to destroy all human life. It starts with biophysicists warning the U.S. government that the way in which we sterilize probes from space doesn’t guarantee that whatever may be on the probe is actually destroyed. There is a chance that the contaminant will enter our atmosphere. Two years later, a probe falls from space onto Earth in a desolate region northeastern Arizona. In a nearby town, the people of Piedmont are flung about and piled up with shocked faces, and no one knows what is causing this, thus putting in motion the potential destruction of the human race.

 

3. the american plague (2007)

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This book traces yellow fever, from it’s beginnings in America, stopping in 1878 Memphis to evoke the horrors surrounding the disease, to the modern-day strain of the dangerous virus. Yellow fever has paralyzed governments, halted commerce, forced cities to quarantine, moved the U.S. capital, and even altered the outcome of wars. This book depicts three doctors being sent to Cuba to track how the yellow fever was spread, and the story is shocking.

 

4. pale horse, pale rider (1939)

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A family that is struggling in Texas to make ends meet is rescued by a mysterious stranger, only for their world to be upended again by the arrival of another stranger nine years later. A teenager, Miranda, is introduced in the three parts of “Old Mortality” as she chronicles her journey of self-discovery, finding out truths in her family. Set in the time of the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918, Miranda falls in love with a soldier as both the flu and World War I loom.

 

5. the stand (1978)

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The book is about the devastation of humanity from a virus named “Captain Trips,” but it’s only the beginning of the nightmarish scenario that the characters face. A computer error in a Defense Department laboratory, and one million infections, causes the deadly chain to kill 99 percent of the human population. With the majority of people dead, buildings emptied and places deserted, it is a bleak new world just one day later.

 

6. station eleven (2014)

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Fictional character Kirsten Raymonde witnessed the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization came to an end. Twenty years later, we see Kirsten moving between settlements with a group of actors and musicians in their new world. They are the Traveling Symphony, dedicated to keeping human remnants of art alive. There is a lot of moving back and forward in time, which is supposed to show what life was like before the pandemic and the connections it caused.

 

7. a journal of the plague year (1722)

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This book chronicles the bubonic plague returning to Britain and devastating the city of London in 1665 to 1666. Roughly one quarter of the population was killed in the span of eighteen months. Over fifty years later, Daniel Defoe writes a historical account of what happened during this time. His disturbing accounts, like families being forced into quarantine due to one infected family member, is terrifying and rather difficult to read.

 

8. the old drift (2019)

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This book covers over a century of history in Zambia, Africa, from the colonial era to present day. The narrative takes a turn on the devastating effects of AIDS on the country, with the author drawing directly on her knowledge of the crisis. The focus is on three Zambian families and their collisions and convergences over the course of the century, into the present and beyond.

 

9. the eyes of darkness (1981)

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The story starts with Tina Evans a year after her son, Danny’s, death. One day, she finds a note in his old bedroom with two words written on the chalkboard: NOT DEAD. This book has become a little more popular recently due to the current coronavirus pandemic. A photograph of one of the book’s pages begs the question of whether or not the author predicted the recent COVID-19 outbreak. In the novel, there is a deadly virus known as “Wuhan 400,” which is described as a “severe pneumonia-like illness” that “attacks the lungs and bronchial tubes” and “resists all known treatments.”

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