The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Book Nook

RebeccaSklootThis afternoon I completed reading “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” shortly before running off to see her family speak at a nearby high school.  The book was part of One Book, One Community and so there have been a month of events surrounding the story.  It was the most difficult for me to rate the book and in the end, I gave it four stars.

The reason it was so trying for me to rank was mainly due to the ethical issues brought up in the book.  It was hard to separate the quality of the writing from my strong feelings regarding the issue.  At first, I LOVED the book.  HeLa is something I heard of but learning more about it fascinated me.  I really enjoyed reading the science portion at the start of the book.  The author’s research was an incredible effort of love that took years and…

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