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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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Feb 25, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction-adult, infertility-adoption-foster-care
Read from August 05 to 10, 2010

This book was AMAZING. Ms. Skloot did an excellent job of nailing the black-speak given by Henrietta’s family. I was equally gratified with her ability to provide just enough back-story to engage us in not only what her cells became, but who Henrietta was. There were times very early in the book that I found myself weeping for this woman, whose story, though I’d never heard it before, was somehow familiar to me. I was infatuated with the world surrounding HeLa, the name given to Henrietta’s cells. Cells that eventually were used to develop vaccines and medicines for cervical cancer and HPV, flown into space, and blown up in atom bombs. I would encourage anyone with a passion for good story, medicine, and a trip down a rabbit hole, to visit the library and check this book out. I was severely impressed.
Informative, Well-Written, Engaging, Well-Researched, Health-Conscious, and Passionate

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