Pediatrician. Classics, Literary Fiction and SciFi lover"
As physician who has done both HeLa and other human research and has tried to explain complicated consent forms to families this story hit home on many level. I also found the authors portrayal of the family off-putting and irritating. It has left me conflicted.
Exceeded my expectations. I didn't expect it to be so heart warming. The focus on the daughter was a very nice addition. Factual, interesting and engaging. This is one book I will read again. Great job to the writer. Highly talented.
Say something about yourself!
I'm not sure where to start ... While listening to this audio I found myself sometimes uttering a tsk or a sigh, even a huh and a nod or shake of my head. It was not a standard science book but a well told story of a small cluster of cells and the effects it has on the world of science and the family that was related to said cells. I loved this book! A must read for sure.
I have not read the printed version. The audio version was excellent!
When Deb and Rebecca learned about Elsie Lacks.
Excellent! Job well done ladies!
I loved that it made me feel so strongly for not only Henrietta, but her family and also the author of the book. It is an unexpected story of not just one person, her line of cells, and science - but the story of a family grappling with the death of their beloved matriarch and how they long to feel a closeness with her.
I would compare this book to Devil in the White City just based on the genre it falls into, narrative nonfiction, and the quality of the writing. Of course, the two subject matters are far apart. If you're looking for something that has a similar subject matter or based in the development of medicine, you should look at The Destiny of a Republic. That was fascinating based on medical advances made through one person's (granted it was a president) injuries.
I have not had the pleasure, but I would love to listen to their narration in other books.
Yes - it certainly became very hard to stop and start when I just wanted to keep going.
This is just an excellent book and narration. If you enjoy narrative nonfiction, then you will like this book a lot. I certainly did!
I am glad to have learned about the subject, and that make it a worthwhile read for me.
not really any I have read
he majority of this book is about the hardships the family suffered after her death and their subsequent emotional responses, affected by ignorance and, for some characters, a quest for greater knowledge.
I loved this book felt like I was next to Rebecca on her car dealing with everything she had to do to do ,and the patient she had to get to the bottom of the story and really enjoyed the way she respected the lacks family . in my top 5 for sure.
We should all be thankful to Mrs Lacks
And the scientists around her as well as
The writer who investigated the entire
Story. Against time, ignorance, and
Secrecy Mz Rebecca has written a
Touching and informative expose.