This was a terrific page turner, who dunnit, murder mystery. I had to slog through the first bit describing the financial shortcomings of Swedish busi...moreThis was a terrific page turner, who dunnit, murder mystery. I had to slog through the first bit describing the financial shortcomings of Swedish business moguls and the libel case against journalist Blomkvist but once I got beyond that I was hooked. The female characters were strong and believable. The plot machinations were carefully crafted so as to lure the reader down one path only to make a right turn and go in a completely different direction.
So when the mystery is solved, revenge exacted, and all the loose ends tied up you wonder how will this end--I am almost on the last page? I was expecting an enormous let down thinking how can Larsson possibly hold me to the end? But he did and you'll have to read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and determine for yourself if this isn't a first class murder mystery.(less)
Skloot did an amazing job melding an immensely personal story with complex science, medical ethics, the use/misuse of human subjects and their tissue,...moreSkloot did an amazing job melding an immensely personal story with complex science, medical ethics, the use/misuse of human subjects and their tissue, and the impact of Hela on the world of medical research. She portrayed the raw emotion of the Lacks family with sensitivity, yet honestly shared their voices in a way that helped me connect with each of them as individuals. I clearly understood their frustration and anger.
The writing deftly presents the mechanism of cell division, the science of how cells are processed, cultured and used, and the analysis of a social wrong committed by the medical research establishment. That one small piece of a Henrietta Lacks' body led to incredible scientific and medical discoveries is nothing short of a miracle.
Henrietta Lacks unknowingly made an incredible contribution to mankind. Skloot honors Henrietta with this remarkable account of the human story behind the science.
One of the best biographies I have ever read. Matteson chronicals the life and times of both Bronson and Louisa May Alcott with amazing adroitness tha...moreOne of the best biographies I have ever read. Matteson chronicals the life and times of both Bronson and Louisa May Alcott with amazing adroitness that engages the reader to the end. Entertwined with the friendships with some of our most notable literary luminaries--Thoreau, Emerson, Hawthorne, Whitman, and Fuller--Bronson's and Louisa's stories are enhanced by the wonderful connections to this amazing community of intellectuals. I am inspired to read more about this time in history and read/reread the works of these authors.
Bronson and his philosophies are the primary focus of the first half of the book and sets the stage for the second half where Louisa emerges as the dutiful daughter, struggling author and, finally, a renowned author. That Louisa's success led to Bronson's success was in keeping with the course of his life. He was never the breadwinner or provider for his family so the fact that Louisa's popularity and success opened doors for him seemed a natural sequence of events.
Highest praise to Matteson for his excellent research and superb writing as shares with us both the intellectual and personal perspective of the Alcott family.