Discuss: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. (Group Selected Book)
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine.
Why should you read this book?
Did you get polio and lose the use of your legs when you were a baby? We're betting the answer is no. And for that, you can thank Mrs. Henrietta Lacks and the scientists who learned how to culture her unusual cells. Same for anyone who's beaten cancer, overcome infertility, or had a cornea transplant.
But the story of Henrietta Lacks and HeLa cells is about so much more than the important scientific advances that they helped make possible. It's also the story of racial politics and medical ethics, and how both of those things have evolved (or not) in the years since Henrietta's death.
Author: De Botton, Alain
Title: The Course of love
Description: Explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens under the pressures of an average existence.
Type: Contemporary Fiction/Love story
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