My long commute and chores are now a pleasure!
I bought this book because it was highly rated. I read it till the middle, but switched to another book. It was too technical and no story line, at least till the point I stopped. The only question that I want to ask now is if the family of Henrietta ever received any compensation.
This is an excellent story but the author is far too narcissistic for me to handle. She manages to insert herself at every turn, as if she was victimized by the victimization of Henrietta Lacks.
This story should have been written on facts that did not include the author. If the author wanted to be included, the prologue and epilogue are excellent places for that. She was also condescending towards the subjects of the book. She acts as though the Lacks family is simple but they are not simple, they just did not have enough exposure to education or privilege by design. They trusted a lot of the wrong people, not due to simplicity, but because there was a profound level of ignorance the universe had to offer black people during that time.
I shed a tear or two with response to the generations of disadvantage this family was exposed to and the simplicity with which they were portrayed.
This book shares tons of interesting facts about the science behind HeLa cells and the woman from whom they came. It also touches on the ethics of tissue research and the ownership of the tissue once it is removed.
The story of the family of Henrietta Lacks and their journey to understand the impact of their mothers cells. This book makes you think about research and your medical records.
The printed edition has lots of pictures of the family and sister and that was the only thing I missed. I ended up buying this book for someone else and they LOVED it and I got to see the pictures.Which I think is worth the trip to a library. Other than that, the audio is well worth it! Also......the audio has an interview with the author at the end that was AMAZING. every question asked was something I would ask.
Every single part of this story was memorable. From the science to the personal life of the Lacks family. I am so grateful for Rebecca Skloot and her curiosity and commitment to this story. It had to be told. There are so many topics that require awareness. Her way of bringing to light the complexity of the topic was also admirable. Science has done so many wonderful things and the topics of 'ethics' are always tough ones. You just walk away from this story, stunned, happy, sad, outraged, yet calm and accepting....so many emotions. It truly portrays the immortality of some people..either by cells or just by their stories that live on.
All. Excellent job by the performers
I would just do a more documentary style...not a hollywood type. I would want to hear the actual tapes and see the actual family and what they have to say.
JUST DO IT! Just add this to your cart and go for it. It is well worth it. For everyone. <3
Amazing work a non-fiction, well written, and a great job by the reader(s).
The Emperor of All Maladies. They are both compelling works of non-fiction about the world of medicine and research told in a way that a non-medical person can understand and grasp.
The trip to John Hopkins to see the cells.
Yes, but it would be a spoiler for those who haven't read the book.
Yes, the book was well-researched and well-written. The narration was wonderful.
This dragged for me- so I was ready for it to be over- so relieved I guess. I agree with others that the author spent too much time on Henrietta's family. Henrietta made an amazing contribution to medical research and improving life for all of us. It's hard for me to understand the degree of resentment among her family and children.
The story of Henrietta Lacks is awe striking, it bring a new knowledge of the realities of African Americans pre and post the Civil rights movement regarding health care, morality of the clinical team involved and the strength a a beautiful woman.