- File Size: 7787 KB
- Print Length: 386 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books (January 28, 2010)
- Publication Date: February 2, 2010
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400052181
- ISBN-13: 978-1400052189
- ASIN: B00338QENI
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,894 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Kindle Edition
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1. The author clearly developed a strong relationship with the Lacks family, which was absolutely critical to ensuring the story was told accurately and with the respect to Henrietta Lacks that was so deeply deserved.
2. The storytelling is amazingly moving despite the need to convey a lot of scientific information. It reads like fiction.
3. Ms. Skloot's research into the science is impeccable.
4. The book is FAIR. It presents the unvarnished truth, obtained DIRECTLY from as many prinicpal people involved in the story as is humanly possible. It would have been easier to simplify the story into heroes vs. villians, but Ms. Skloot deftly handles all sides of the story.
For some detail: I have worked with HeLa cells in the past, but did not know even the barest information about the story of Henrietta Lacks until a few years ago. It simply was not common knowledge, until a few less ethical folks released her name and medical records to the public. This obviously should not have been done without the express permission of the Lacks family, which Ms. Skloot obtained. In the past, others have not been as ethical. The book covers Ms. Lacks' early life, how her cells came to be harvested, and what happened to both the cells and her family afterward.Read more ›
First of all I want to say I am STUNNED that this is the author's first book. She has poured ten years of her heart, soul, mind and her life in general in this book. What she has given birth to in that long period of labor is worthy of her sacrifice and honors Henrietta Lacks and her family.
Other reviews have given the outline of this amazing story. What I want to stress is that Ms. Skloot has navigated the difficult terrain of respecting Mrs. Lacks and her family, while still telling their story in a very intimate, thorough, factual manner. What readers may not know is that the Lacks family isn't just a "subject" that the author researched. This is a real family with real heartaches and real challenges whose lives she entered into for a very long season. The Lacks' family has truly benefitted from the author's involvement in their life and that is something I am very appreciative of. I believe that Ms. Skloot was able to give Henrietta's daughter, Deborah, a real sense of healing, deliverance, peace and identity that she had been searching for her whole life...that story alone would have made the book for me.
It would have been very easy for the author to come across as condescending or patronizing or possibly as being exploitive as she wrote about a family that is poor and uneducated.Read more ›
The one thing that I found fascinating about this book is how Skloot managed to take a generally dry topic that might have been addressed in a scientific textbook and humanized it on a very personal level by developing a close relationship with Henrietta's family. The input received from the family took this book to a higher level and made it a very personsl story. From my perspective, it was very hard not to get involved with the Lacks family and not feel their sense of betrayal and loss.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Maybe nobody will ever read this or care, but I'd like to point out that Henrietta Lacks did not do anything. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Howard
This book should be required reading. This book leaves your emotions all over the place. I like how the author used narratives mixed in with scientific facts. Read morePublished 1 day ago by MAYA'S BOOKS N THINGS
one of the best books I've ever read. Will stick with me foreverPublished 2 days ago by Karen L. Kerr
History Coming and going. I really enjoyed every inch of this book. Well written.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a book my daughter needed to read this summer before she started grad school.Published 4 days ago by donna alfano
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