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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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it was amazing
bookshelves: science
Read 2 times. Last read February 28, 2019.

What an amazing book!

I had never read anything like this so far. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks somehow manages to be, at the same time:

a riveting popular science book about HeLa cells,
a moving account of Henrietta Lacks's and her family's story,
an earnest history book that masterfully covers both the story of racial segregation and medical research ethics in 20th century America,
and finally, a beautiful account of the author's own journey, from her obsession with finding what or rather who "HeLa" standed for when she first encoutered HeLa cells, to becoming a part of Henrietta Lack's story.

The book is beautifully written, absolutely amazing, sets a new standard for the genre (or even a new genre altogether?), and if you don't read it now, you're missing out :p
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading (Hardcover Edition)
August 4, 2013 – Shelved
August 4, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
Started Reading
February 28, 2019 – Shelved as: science
February 28, 2019 – Finished Reading
January 6, 2020 – Shelved (Hardcover Edition)

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