5 books about pandemics to see you through quarantine

Looking for books to help process the state of the world right now? From pandemic nonfiction to post-apocalyptic satire, there's a book here for every reader.

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World by Laura Spinney

The current COVID-19 crisis is drawing many comparisons to another global pandemic a little more than 100 years ago: The Spanish Flu, which infected nearly a third of the people on Earth. Laura Spinney’s gripping account of the two-year pandemic explores how the catastrophe affected the entire world for generations to come. “Pale Rider is not just an excavation but a reimagining of the past. As the book progresses, the flu is cast increasingly as a character that crops up Zelig-like at important moments in history, altering the course of events previously unattributed to it,” writes The Guardian. 

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