Catastrophe Reading List
You say you read The Plague in high school and aren’t eager to revisit Camus in 2020? There are plenty of newer books that put catastrophe and grieving at the fore. They aren’t exactly escapist in these days, but they are remarkable reading.
Critics have found great adjectives--”blistering,” “ mordant,” “unflinching”--for this forthcoming novel about an apocalypse understood more by alienated teens than their heedless parents.
Wright, a nonfiction writer known for the Scientology expose, Going Clear, creates a thriller about a hero epidemiologist.
If Station Eleven was your favorite dystopian novel, this is your new bunker reading.
The Black Death claims the son of a playwright and his remarkable wife in 16th-century Stratford-on-Avon.
There’s an ominous Get Out vibe to this story of two families unexpectedly sharing a vacation home as things fall apart.
Echoes of Moby-Dick as this heroine follows the last migration of Arctic terns in a world where most animals have become extinct.
Wholly unexpected mix of history and fantasy in this death-haunted story of a 14-year-old girl sentenced to a life of isolation.
A recent-history satire stuffed with a pandemic, a survivor cult, Biblical proportions and even a shopping mall.
A novel from 2002 about the plague year of 1666. A housemaid who isn’t down with superstition observes the disintegration of her village.
Pandemics and racism have gone hand-in-hand before. But in 1900, in San Francisco, health officials triumphed.
An environmental history class between covers, taught by the best science professor you could wish for. A book to ponder as we define our new normals.
It’s a virus that has our attention right now, but the antibiotic crisis looms.