The Immortal Life of Henrietta LackseBook - 2010
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Challenged as a summer reading assignment in the Knoxville, Tenn. high school system (2015) because a parent claimed the nonfiction book “has too much graphic information.” Henrietta Lacks was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most impor... Read More »
A remarkable work of non-fiction that reads like a novel—it is a ten-year detective story that reveals the fascinating story of a poor African American woman who made one of the most significant contributions to medical science, and the effect it had on her family. Henrietta Lacks’ story is also ... Read More »
WVMLStaffPicks May 31, 2013
A remarkable work of non-fiction that reads like a novel—it is a ten-year detective story that reveals the fascinating story of a poor African American woman who made one of the most significant contributions to medical science, and the effect it had on her family. It also calls into question eth... Read More »
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True story of stolen body pieces of Everywoman Henrietta Lacks. Story readable despite presence of a great deal of science. Adult children search for their mother over years bearing up remarkably in face of medical-science establishment. Exceptional. Highly recommended.
A black woman's self-perpetuating cancer cells live past her own shortened life, providing doctors and scientists with an unparalleled opportunity to do nearly unlimited research. Her family, however, was unaware her cells were ever collected. In this book author Rebecca Skloot takes them on a journey to learn the extent to which their mother's cells changed the face of cancer research forever. Fascinating, and possibly the best work of nonfiction I've ever read.
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“But I tell you one thing, I don't want to be immortal if it mean living forever, cause then everybody else just die and get old in front of you while you stay the same, and that's just sad.”
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