On Tuesday, September 16, Author Molly Caldwell Crosby spent time with AP Language and Composition classes and the AP Literature classes sharing her experience writing about history and the importance of hands-on research. Her personal stories were fascinating as she described reading archival documents in researching medical tragedies such as the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis.
Molly Crosby is a best-selling author and journalist. Her first book The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic That Shaped Our History was published in November 2006 by Berkley Books, Penguin, USA. The New York Times hailed it as a “first-rate medical detective drama,” and Newsweek called it “gripping.” The book has been nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, Borders Original Voices Award and Southern Independent Booksellers Award. It was also chosen as a New York Times Editor’s pick and a Book Sense pick., her 2006 breakout nonfiction book documenting the yellow fever epidemic of 1878. (taken from her official website - http://www.mollycrosby.com/index.html). Read more about her works since The American Plague.