I have requested every single form of Henrietta Lacks that my library offers. That includes the paperback, hardback, audio, and e-book versions, and after several weeks I still don’t have the book in hand. So I’m extending the date for when I plan to finish the book until the end of March. We’ll vote on an April book club choice in a few weeks, and if it’s a popular one like Henrietta Lacks I suggest we all get our booties in gear and request it ASAP! Lesson learned.
This is the discussion thread for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Comment below to join the conversation, no need to “sign up” as part of the book club to do so. If you comment on this post, you are part of the club!
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a story about science and so much more. Lacks died unaware that doctors would be using her cells to further advances in the scientific community and cashing in on such developments and never received a dime. In search of justice, Skloot seeks out Lacks s descendants to learn if they re aware of the famed cells and to see if they ve derived any benefit from the important contribution to science their relative made. A fascinating discussion of the enduring legal and ethical questions that human-tissue research raises, Skloot s debut is a gem.
I heard about this book on a Radio Lab podcast in May of last year. If you aren’t sure that the book sounds interested to you, listen to the podcast and I think you’ll change your mind!