- File Size: 580 KB
- Print Length: 282 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: JWCD Press (October 29, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 29, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GB1OSSM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,982 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author
Julie Dewey is a novelist residing in Central New York with her family. Julie selects book topics that are little known nuggets of U.S. history and sheds light on them so that the reader not only gets an intriguing storyline but learns a little something too.
Julie's daughter is a Nashville crooner and her son is a student. Her husband's blue eyes had her at hello and her motto is, "Life is too short to be Little!"
In addition to reading, researching, and writing, Julie has many hobbies that include jewelry design, decorating, walking her favorite four legged friends, Wells and Hershey, and spending time with her triplet nephews.
Her works include Forgetting Tabitha: the Story of an Orphan Train Rider, The Back Building, One Thousand Porches, The Other Side of the Fence, and Cat (the Livin' Large Series). To follow Julie visit www.juliedewey.com and sign up to get regular updates and reading guides.
Top Customer Reviews
Now tuberculosis is pretty common fair in the world of historic fiction. Off the top of my head, the disease claims Ruby Gillis in L. M. Montgomery's Anne of the Island, Harriet in Caroline B. Cooney's Out of Time, Fantine in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, Bessy in North and South, and Helen Burns in Jane Eyre. Most authors use it as a plot device, but Dewey actually created an entire story around it, detailing both the physical and mental toll it wrought on the infected and the effort to bring those individuals relief prior to the discovery of streptomycin. In short, Dewey gives a face to the disease and offers readers a deeper understanding of its unpredictable and fickle nature.
The thing I love most about this piece is that Dewey tells it through the eyes of several characters, individuals who either live at or are related to residents of the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium at Saranac Lake. It is true that multiple points of view can be confusing, but I think this is one of those rare cases in which the format actually enhanced the telling. There are a lot of misconceptions about tuberculosis and seeing the different strains of the disease affect people from various walks of life both, directly and indirectly, gave One Thousand Porches a really well-rounded and complete feel.Read more ›
At the 20% point, I asked myself why I was reading the book, and told myself "Well, it's not *that* bad" and I kept reading out of inertia, and because I didn't want to open another book on me "to read" pile, only to find it to be far worse. The thing is, as I get father and farther along in an unsatisfactory book, I am more and more likely to trash it and move on. As I got deeper and deeper into this book, however, I grew more and more enrapt, and when I reached the end, I wished there were another dozen chapters to read.
The cover says it's a novel, but it appears to be a historical novel, and I'd like to read the autobiography of the founder of the Sans. The story says one person in seven died of tuberculosis at that time, and lungers were shunned, which makes this book highly relevant as we flit from one threat of pandemic to another. Worldwide, since the 1980s, there have been 5,000 who have died of Ebola, including one, count 'em, one, one on US soil, which means an American is more likely to have been married by Kim Kardashian than die of Ebola. More than 5000 people die of Lassa, another hemorrhagic fever, every year. But people in Saranac didn't fret about the "white plague", and those with TB were free to shop in stores, dine in restaurants, etc., with nobody batting an eye. One in seven is a LOT of people dying!Read more ›
The very frightening polio epidemic of the 50's touched our family thru the illness and life-long resulting handicaps of one of my aunts and of my paternal grandmother. My elementary school participated in the trials of Jonas Salk's polio vaccine and I vividly remember the speculation as to whether I got the actual vaccine or was in the placebo group. As a six year old, I also recall watching all of my toys and dolls being bagged and disposed of because a child who came to our house was diagnosed with polio a few weeks after playing with my things.
Ms Dewey skillfully recreates the prevailing climate of fear, and clearly describes the obstacles that had to be overcome while coping with a little understood communicable disease. I enjoyed the fact that she used the first person approach with her characters, affording the reader with multiple viewpoints. Additionally, she has done a thorough job of researching the science of Tuberculosis and I learned much more about the disease. The spirit of optimism shown by many of the patients was an inspiring thread that ran throughout the story line. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review, and I'm happy to recommend this well written novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The title 'One Thousand Porches' was misleading and I wasn't sure about reading it....but I found this book very interesting. I am going to read more about Dr Edward Trudeau too. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very nicely written with insight into what it was like living at this institution. Also, a clear picture into the world of tuberculosis in it's day. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Diane Helman
Very elementary writing. Good information on TB. I combined it with a recent PBS American Experience on the Forgotten Plague, featuring Dr. Truedou who was featured inthe book.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this historical novel. We live in the area that the book is located make it even more intriguing.Published 3 months ago by Lucy Lu
What a great novel that gave me a whole new understanding of what life was like for those suffering TB. The characters and storyline kept me engaged from beginning to end.Published 3 months ago by Heidi
It was an excellent book. Kept my interest through the whole thing. It showed a lot of insight into human nature. Read morePublished 4 months ago by joleo
I loved this book and will be reading more by Julie DeweyPublished 4 months ago by coffeereadingmom2
Wonderful story of living in a tuberculosis sanitarium in the Catskills. About love and loss and healing.Published 5 months ago by Jann