I have seen this title on so many "best-of" lists that despite the fact that the premise didn't exactly grab me, I thought the book must be worth reading. There have been many times I've enjoyed a well-written book that didn't initially interest me but which I bought based on stellar reviews; I expected this book to be in the same category. Sadly, it's not. This is one of the most boring books I've read in a long time. Though the story of what happened to Henrietta Lacks' cells is fascinating, this author instead focuses on Lacks' uninspiring and rather dull family. The family feels cheated, for good reason, but that's the extent of the drama. There is nothing exceptional about the family, Lacks' history, or anything about this book. Though Lacks' cells were indeed exceptional the author treats that as an aside. The author explains that she wanted a unique perspective on Lacks' place in history. Fine, but that's no excuse for writing a dull book.
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