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3.5 stars. Stories of fantasy and magic aren't really my thing, so I was surprised I liked this book as much as I did. The plot was slow-moving, but the atmosphere was dream-like and kept me engaged. I kept reading because I really wanted to see how it all played out.
Rating this feels odd. I was torn about Skoot's depiction of Deborah at points. Sometimes I think it is okay to omit certain aspects of a story, such as a person going back and forth, or someone's reading level, if only to preserve their dignity and focus the story. Despite this, the content of this book is important, and was a worthy read. I definitely want to explore more about how medical and biological studies have comes about.
So creative and richly imagined! I loved the end!!
Outstanding in all ways. A true story written by a talented journalist which unlike most, is illuminating even for those not interested in genetics or healthcare research. Not only is it educational but it gives us great insight into what's possible and how mistreated patients are at the expense of billion dollar healthcare companies and hospitals.
Skloot narrates the science lucidly, tracks the racial politics of medicine thoughtfully and tells the Lacks family’s often painful history with grace. She also confronts the spookiness of the cells themselves, intrepidly crossing into the spiritual plane on which the family has come to understand their mother’s continued presence in the world. Science writing is often just about “the facts.” Skloot’s book, her first, is far deeper, braver and more wonderful.
I put down Rebecca Skloot’s first book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” more than once. Ten times, probably. Once to poke the fire. Once to silence a pinging BlackBerry. And eight times to chase my wife and assorted visitors around the house, to tell them I was holding one of the most graceful and moving nonfiction books I’ve read in a very long time.
Writing with a novelist's artistry, a biologist's expertise, and the zeal of an investigative reporter, Skloot tells a truly astonishing story of racism and poverty, science and conscience, spirituality and family, all driven by a galvanizing inquiry into the sanctity of the body and the very nature of the life force.
Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in a “colored” hospital ward in Baltimore in 1951. She would have gone forever unnoticed by the outside world if not for the dime-sized slice of her tumor sent to a lab for research eight months earlier. ...
Skloot, a science writer, has been fascinated with Lacks since she first took a biology class at age 16. As she went on to earn a degree in the subject, she yearned to know more about the woman, anonymous for years, who was responsible for those ubiquitous cells....
Skloot tells a rich, resonant tale of modern science, the wonders it can perform and how easily it can exploit society's most vulnerable people.
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Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.
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Dewey Decimale Classificatie (DDC)616.02774092 — Technology and Application of Knowledge Medicine and health Diseases Pathology; Diseases; Treatment First aid; Emergency; Euthanasia Stem cells
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1. It is page turning gold. I really had trouble putting it down. The chapters are short, meaningful, and there is a constant foreshadowing that just peaks your curiosity endlessly.
2. It evoked many childhood favorites for me in terms of the imagination brought to this tale, yet it was 100% adult. It reminded me the most of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but at times of Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass and/or The Wizard of Oz. The author not only imagines a circus unlike any other, but renders it beautifully on the page WITHOUT SLOWING THE PACE OF THE STORY one iota. That's pretty darned hard to do.
So, that being said, to a great degree, the book is a story of impossible love - - like so many stories - - yet told in a way that was very original, unique, and captivating.
In a nutshell, cross "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" with "Romeo and Juliet" . . .add a hefty dose of suspense and intrigue . . .and you've got the definite 5 star Night Circus. ( )