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!
I began this book thinking I would just get a glimpse into the story and put it down to get the work I needed to do done. Having it on audio however made me not want to stop listening. The story was heart wrenching and I was so angry about how the Lacks family lives turned out after the death of their mother. I listened to the entire book in two days! Needless to say, I didn't get nearly as much of my work done as I had hoped!
The voice acting came off as racist at times with a white female doing terrible impersonations of black people, it was bearable though. The story overall seemed to go off on tangents that were not necessary. I agree Debra was a major character, but I'm not sure why her childhood was a necessary addition.
I live in Baltimore and just recently became informed of this book and Henrietta lacks. I couldn't stop listening. my 10 & 14 yr old sons were equally engrossed & one is inspired to do his science fair project on HE LA cells. the portrayal of the impact this matter had on the Lacks family, as they struggled with misconceptions and the feelings of being mislead and violated was done with such integrity, I wept. the narrator delivered a brilliant performance that made the story all the more intimate. the underlying issue of unauthorized tissue harvesting is one we all need to be informed on, so we can make a determination as a society on how we will move forward.
Must Read. Very informative and brings up valid concerns. I Southside recommend to anyone I see.
I already have. Because it is so interesting, informative and well written.
When the family learned what had happened to the cells.
You don't have to be a science geek to enjoy this book.