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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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Jan 11, 11

bookshelves: nonfiction, gslis-bookclub, other-nonfiction
Read in January, 2011 — I own a copy

From the standpoint of the quality of research and writing, this book would definitely get 5 stars. However, I'm ranking how much I personally liked it, and that gets only 3. Honestly, I was utterly bored through most of the book. The history of the HeLa cells and the tissue culture field was interesting, but dealt with too superficially to draw me in. I could find no way to relate to or even really sympathize with the Lacks family in any way. I do have to give the writer _immense_ credit for her persistence, patience, and dedication to her subject, as well as her incredible portrayal of the individuals involved. She clearly threw her soul into this project (and the Lacks family), and it shows throughout.

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