Biography / Nonfiction / Science

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Librarians are always recommending books, but maybe you didn’t know that we love to hear your recommendations of books for us. Maureen G. told me I must read this book and her description was so inviting that I had to have The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot right away.

The author writes herself into this nonfiction book by telling the story through her ten-year-long research process. Rebecca Skloot documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping. We also learn about how the discovery of the source of those cells affected her family for generations.

As Maureen said, “We all owe Henrietta Lacks a debt of gratitude.”
Thanks Maureen!

Leona

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