One of the most important books I've read in a very long time. Thank you Rebecca Smoot!!! I can't believe I have never heard this story. I plan to share it with everyone I know. Especially young people. Again Thank You
I believed this book would be more about science than anything else......boy was I wrong! The author was able to tell both the scientific story and the story of the family seamlessly. #Bravo!
There is an interview with Rebecca Skloot at the end where she gives insight into how difficult it was to build this handful of threads into a story. In my view she did a spectacular job. She tells the Lacks family story with obviously compassion. You really get an appreciation of their perspective. Rebecca also does a sound job on the science, legal and moral fronts. Its an intriguing story well told. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story with some learning along the way.
This book was amazingly constructed from beginning to end. The narrators did a wonderful job with their voices making it feel like the actual people were speaking. Great surprise interview at the end with the author.Must read!
This story was referred to my by a colleague who happens to be a science teacher. My first thought was I am an ELA teacher will i find this book too scientific for me to understand? However I did not. This story is so powerful. There are so many issues that can be debated in a classroom setting or a book club setting: Ethics in science, jim crow laws, John Hopkins and financial compensation to the Lacks family, capitalism and geneticists. Excellent story. Heartbreaking at times. However, it provides great historical insight on how the world of pharmaceuticals, medicines and vaccines etc. began.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
No mystery or intrigue to report. Just a poor family upset by their inability to profit from the distribution of a family member's unique cancer cells...after her death. It's one chapter after the other of disappointment and complaints. It turns out the cells are very helpful to cancer researchers, but the writer doesn't provide much detail in this area. She just concentrates on the disappointments within the family. It results in a sad read.
Rebecca tells a story, that is so much more than a story. It's a piece of history that has and will forever change our lives and the medicine available to the world! Every person should know this story. Rebecca goes into some incredible detail, and the facts are so well researched. Thank you for telling Henrietta's story to the world!