CARVILLE'S CURE is the story of Carville, the only leprosy (now known as Hansen's disease) colony in the continental United States, located in the bayous of Louisiana. Following a surprising family connection to Carville, Fessler unearthed the lost world of the patients, nurses, doctors, and researchers at Carville who struggled for over a century to eradicate what was often thought of at the time as a Biblical curse, rather than a medical issue, and creating an enthralling account of a lost American history that demonstrates the necessity of combating misinformation and stigma if we hope to control the spread of illness without demonizing victims and needlessly destroying lives.
THIS COPY (shown below) was signed by Pam Fessler on a bookplate. It is a new, unread first edition opened only for the bookplate. Published in July 2020 by Liveright, an imprint of W.W. Norton.
PAM FESSLER (shown below from our Wall of Fame) is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where she covers poverty, philanthropy, and voting issues. Before becoming a correspondent, Fessler was the acting senior editor on the Washington Desk and NPR's chief election editor. She coordinated all network coverage of the presidential, congressional, and state elections in 1996 and 1998. In her more than 25 years at NPR, Fessler has also been deputy Washington Desk editor and Midwest National Desk editor. Thank you Pam Fessler for signing our books.