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Bill
Sep 04, 2011 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so riveting I finished it off within 3 days over a busy holiday weekend. The story it tells is a testament to the woman of the title, her extended family and the author herself. Skloot clearly became obsessed with uncovering the human aspect and injustice of a scientific saga that helped change the world. Yet through it all, she remains scrupulously fair. She is not (yet) a masterful writer, but she tells the tale compellingly and with great narrative drive. Upon finishing turning ...more
Andi
Jun 07, 2010 Andi rated it it was amazing
My latest in-car “reading” has been Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a book whose research blends impeccably with the honest voices of the narrator and the subject’s family members.

The book tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, the African American woman from Baltimore whose cervical cells became the first “immortal” (i.e. continually reproducing) human cell line in the world. Ms. Lacks’ cells have been used to work in HIV vaccines, cancer treatments, and the vaccine for the
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Rose Ann
Jun 13, 2010 Rose Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5
Such an interesting read. I felt as if I were reading a novel, not non-fiction.

I enjoyed learning about the history of the HeLa cells, and all that was accomplished in science with them.
And I also liked the personal aspect of it. Henrietta and her family.
Although I was horrified to learn what has been done in the past to people. (To blacks, prisoners, etc, without their knowledge). The things done to Elsie and other patients. All of it so heartbreaking.


Velvetink
Oct 08, 2010 Velvetink marked it as to-read
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Laura
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Jason
Jul 12, 2011 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jason by: bestsellers list non fiction
Shelves: library, audio-book
Lindsay
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Laura
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