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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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Mar 18, 2011

it was amazing
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Over 60 critics have named this as one of the best books of 2010 - which says a lot since this is non-fiction. Even more remarkable is that it doesn't always read that way. In telling Henrietta Lacks' powerful story, Skloot delves into science and other complex topics, but does it in a way that's clear and not condescending. So many important issues are covered here (race, class, bioethics... I could go on and on!). The result is so powerful that I found myself thinking about the book when I wasn't reading it. It's going to stay with me and many many others for a long, long time, because, finally, Henrietta's story has been told in its entirety.

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Rachel I loved this book too. I was so impressed with how the author made such a technical topic so accessible and interesting. I also found Henrietta's story powerful.

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