I originally purchased this book because my son was reading it for school and I wanted to be able to talk to him about it. It became one of my very favorite books! It's truly an epic poem, and I think it was especially wonderful to listen to so as to capture the cadence of the spoken word. I would listen to anything narrated by Ian McKellen - he was captivating. Some of the phrases that are repeated throughout the work still make me smile just to think about them. This was a book I was always eager to get back to. Purchase this - you won't regret it!
This is a story of humanity as much as it is a story about science. You get to know both the author and the family of Henrietta Lacks - their fears, joys, and watching their relationship build over time. You get a glimpse into the lives of the physicians and the institutions they are part of, and seeing how all these players interact and the story of the family behind these great advances. You'll feel their pain, and wonder how such things could have happened. And I know I came away with a better appreciation for the science that helps to keep me healthy today. This is thoroughly enjoyable, and a book I had a hard time putting down.
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