I do not read nonfiction often, and I didn't realize this book fell into that category until the author's forward. I nearly stopped listening but am so glad I didn't. I loved this story so much. The way the author heard about Henrietta in a class and was gripped by a need to know who she was and never have up until she had answers was inspiring.
The narrator did a wonderful job as well, which is very important to me.
I highly recommend this book, either to read or listen to.
Riveting book, Skloot is a true wizard, weaving together the story scientific innovation with the human story behind it -- a story of coming to realize that the black mother you never knew was responsible for so much of the history of scientific progress, while simultaneously realizing that your race and class has precluded you from that history. A masterpiece.
I really liked the way this book is presented. The interweaving of Henrietta's, science's, and the Lacks' children's stories is great. Everything is easy to understand without any science background. The stories are so interesting and really make you think critically about the issues. Both sides are presented so well.
just one more book lover
Haven't read a nonfiction title this gripping in years. Science lesson, testament to racial injustice, family drama, medical mystery and author memoir all rolled into one.
This is a book everyone should read because we are all beholden to Henrietta Lacks for what her stolen cells have given to science and medicine. And this one well-told story.
The narrators are among my faves.
I did not expect to like this book, but I did! I had never heard of HeLa cells prior to reading this book – I am not a scientist! I would recommend this book to anyone! It's a good story, it's factual, and the Lax revealed in such a beautiful way.
Research on hela cells for bio led me to this amazing story.
None specifically but I felt like there was more to hear. I was sad the book ended. I wanted to keep learning about her.
No. This was my first and it superceeded all expectations.
Yes. It broke my heart, but I didn't want it to end. I truely loved it.
This book made me see science differently. And once I started looking at cells in a microscope I was hooked. I don't think there is anything more beautiful.And EVERY single time I think about Henretta.
As a person with a background with molecular biology, I chose to listen to this to learn more about the history of HeLa and any interesting factoids associated with the cells. I did not expect to become so attached and empathic with the rest of the characters in this story, especially Deborah. Very well researched; Skloot was able to tie historic scientific events in a compelling way. Overall, a well organized non-fiction, and beautifully narrated.