My second time through the book and it has the same strong effect on my mind and heart. The plight of the human race as brought about at its own hands never ceases to amaze me. Everyone has a stake in the outcome of lives we touch - directly or indirectly. This helps us to see how personal and widespread that is. A special read that will put new perspective on a wide range of moral, ethical and social concerns while reorienting how we place credit for scientific progress and the need to continue searching out the solution for equity therein.
Skloot does a wonderful job of combining the heartbreaking and inspiring story of Henrietta and her family with the complicated and fascinating history of cell culture science.
I love to read Biographies of Women, Business Leaders and Experts in their field. I love Historical Fiction with well developed characters.
The narration was compelling. The author did such a good job of mixing just the right amount of science with the human emotions of Henrietta's family
Learning the truth about Elsie broke my heart
The emotion came through as well as the wonder of Deborah and Rebecca's journey
Medical Mystery, Family Drama
I'm not a person who has ever been interested in science. Something about this story made me want to know more about Cells, Cancer and how our bodies work.
Science really isn't my thing. Any time someone starts talking about cells or atoms I slip into a coma so I'm not sure what motivated me to buy this book but I'm glad I did.
I enjoyed the fact that it was more of a story than just a collection of facts. It triggered thoughts on ethics and morals and I found myself thinking about this book even on my "off time".
Good listen - glad I did!
I love the story, very entertaining, well performed. I highly recommend to anyone with an interest and biology nursing science medicine or history
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.