I can't say enough about this book! It wraps science and human rights around a powerful human drama. Many times real facts are far more strange, far fetched, and mind bending than anything fiction can bring. This story shows how brilliant people can be cruel and inconsiderate and how the least educated among us can be eminently wise and thoughtful. Yet author Skloot pulls this off without making you hate science or even cellular research.
I know the treasury is looking for a woman to be on the 10 dollar bill. How about Henrietta?
This book was an amazing combination of story telling and scientific truth. I generally love fiction or historical fiction. Basically I love a good story where the characters come to life and you feel their joys and their sorrows and they impact your feelings. They become important to you. The Lacks family as well as Rebecca became that in this story. However, I generally don't enjoy science or text book reading because I find it dry, confusing and over my head. Yet the explanations and facts told within the context of Henrietta's and her family's life and struggles were much easier to understand and even made you want to know more. I highly recommend this book if you love a good story and you just may find you've learned a lot along the way about the impact and importance of science in our lives (and even how you personally may be making that impact without even knowing it.)
"Amazing book. It has it all. Truth. Story. Emotional grip. History. Touched me in all ways. Learned so much. Beautifully written"
Amazing book. It has it all. Truth. Story. Emotional grip. History. Touched me in all ways. Learned so much. Beautifully written.
terrific book. engaging, revealing and informative. a fascinating story, both.in th3 sense of medical science, and a human story.of the family.
I rate 5 (Loved it!) 4 (Really liked it!) 3 (Liked it!) 2 (Didn't really like it!) 1 (Hated it!) I never rate a book before I finish it!
...and so was the narration/production. It's so sad the family has suffered so much, but I am sure thankful for the advancement of medicine that Henrietta is responsible for. I think I will donate my body to science in case it can help someone.
I was told to read this book for class. I was NOT expecting such a riveting, human story filled with twists and turns, joy and sorrows. Skloot does a fantastic job of telling not only the science, but the real lives of the people involved, and what it means to be immortal.
this book combines relative current issues with historical perspectives. interesting and beautiful. best audio book I've listened too
Very enjoyable and moving. I like how the author tries to present both halves of the issue evenly. It was eye opening to find out about current tissue rights. Sometimes the order of information and anecdotes about the family seemed clumsily merged and repetitive, but it's well worth a listen!