I loved how this book intertwined the science and the story. It's a long book but worth the read and very interesting. I will always know the story of HeLa and remember Henrietta when ever her cells are used.
As a scientist, I thought I understood quite a bit about modern science. but this book shocked me with how much I did not know about recent history. Some of the things in this book are miraculous, others beyond horrible. Overall, this book, and the people affected by it, are beautiful.
It's an interesting true story and I loved the honesty. Having grown up in the Deep South I am very familiar with how African Americans were treated and this book does not sugar coat anything. I felt like I was there with her when she was talking to people.
There are too many
Cootie and how he got his name,
I made me want to know more about Henrietta lacks
Everyone involved in this story.
Love Cassandra Campbell! I have heard her in other books and she has a very pleasant and lovely voice and style. Bahni Turpin was terrific.
No takes awhile to absorb all the information. But t's worth the time.
This is a long book with many moving parts. At times it can feel like it's going in a million different directions. But if you stick with it you realize that the scattered structure is purposeful and mimics the subject. You come out of it feeling richer in heart, mind and spirit for having heard or read this story. It's a story that touches all of us in extremely important ways. It's too much to put into a small review.
iI absolutely loved this book. It was amazing to learn about the Hela cells and the Lacks family. i cried through many parts of the book. it makes me want to know as much as possible about the Hela cells and the life of Henrietta. Great Job!!!
I was already familiar with the story of Henrietta Lax, so the book was a mixed bag for me. In some places, the book seemed to drone on with details that seemed superfluous. it also felt like the author was censoring herself because of her closeness to the family. On the other hand, some parts (the last few chapters especially, which dealt with Rebecca and Sonny's visit to the lab) were quite powerful and moving.
I work in health care and this story was incredibly touching for me. The women who had contributed so much to my profession didn't even know and had received nothing for it, she didn't even know they took her cells. The story was very well written.