This was a pretty good book as I recall. It's been sometime since I read it, but I remember it being a "Who are you really?" type of morality play. YoThis was a pretty good book as I recall. It's been sometime since I read it, but I remember it being a "Who are you really?" type of morality play. You think you wouldn't do anything for money, but maybe you would. You wouldn't turn your back on family, but maybe you have to. You're a decent person who watches the local news and you're stunned by the stupid crimes people commit for money. You'd never do that? Or would you? ...more
Third installment in the Camel Club series. This thrilled and excited, I couldn't stop reading. It even managed to move me a little. I won't give it aThird installment in the Camel Club series. This thrilled and excited, I couldn't stop reading. It even managed to move me a little. I won't give it away, but the Camel Clubbers are drawn into a big conspiracy and they learn some truths that will change everything. ...more
As ever, Winspear weaves a great tale and I find myself regretting it's over.
It is the rare author who can so easily bring the reader into the worldAs ever, Winspear weaves a great tale and I find myself regretting it's over.
It is the rare author who can so easily bring the reader into the world of their characters. Winspear is such an author, each book I pick up only takes a few lines to draw me into 1930s London. Maisie Dobbs is a fantastic character and she continues to evolve.
In this book, Maisie is engaged to find out what happened to a young American who served with the British Army during the Great War. His remains were recently found and his family are eager to find out anything they can that will help them deal with his loss.
Maisie is also coming to several crossroads in her own life, and the threads of those potential changes are weaved in throughout this novel.
Billy and Doreen are trying to get back on solid ground now that Doreen is back.
Priscilla Evernden Partridge and her family are featured adding more depth to Maisie's life. Maisie also has a potential suitor, more than one, but you'll have to read about that yourself.
I finished this book several days ago and I still don't know what to say about it. I gave it a four star review and I think that those stars are wellI finished this book several days ago and I still don't know what to say about it. I gave it a four star review and I think that those stars are well deserved.
If you are reading this book because you enjoy a good science based book, that's here. But not in a way that would prevent the science challenged from reading and understanding the subject matter.
If you are reading this book to learn about what the life of Henrietta Lacks was about, was like, there is some of that in here. Not enough for the biography fan, but not so much that those averse to reading biographies would be frustrated. There is no way, really, to properly tell the life story of someone that no one found notable during their lifetime. These days we are accustomed to having every moment of our lives catalogued or tracked in some way that wasn't a possibility in the era before in-door plumbing was something every home had.
This is the story of what happened to Henrietta Lacks' family after her death. I can't say that I believe much of the story of her family would have been different had she lived, some things certainly would have been different. But most of the problems and issues they faced, they would have faced anyway. It was the era in which they lived, 1950s and 60s Baltimore. It was their lack of education that doomed many of them to the lives they lived. It was their lack of money that had them living hand-to-mouth and the presence of a mother would not have altered that state.
This is the story of how her family never understood what happened to her. They were never told anything they could understand. What they were told made no more sense to them than if the details had be provided in a foreign language. In fact, science is a foreign language to many people, especially the undereducated.
There are moral and philosophical layers to this story that defy easy answers. Still I don't know what the right answer is to who "owns" the cells of a body once they leave that body. I have no need for the blood I donate to the Red Cross or the vials that are drawn at my doctor's office and yet, that is the very question the reader should walk away considering: Who "owns" the property rights to that material? Should I be allowed to patent my own genetic makeup, my DNA, my tissue and cells? What practical use are my cells to anyone but me? Can I really be a millionaire if I refuse to part with them without just compensation? And what is just compensation?
It's an excellent read. Highly recommended. ...more