The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Challenging, but not in ways you’d expect. The science is clearly detailed and written in layman’s language. Unexpectedly, that’s not the challenging part. What’s challenging is the Lacks family themselves: their love and anger, their richness in spirit though impoverished in worldly things. I was especially impressed by Deborah Lacks’, Henrietta Lacks’ younger daughter, endlessly inquisitive nature.

Though not, seemingly, a religious woman herself, author Rebecca Skloot portrays the Lacks’ faith with honesty, wit, and warmth. A triumph of science and spirit, Immortal Life also asks, without answering, to what extent do we own our own flesh? I’d like to see Rebecca Skloot explore bioethics even more deeply in a future book.

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Despicably proud old man. Text-extruding asshole (thank you, John Scalzi) with a skewed vision on life, pop culture, writing and general assholiness. Not a scholar, not a gentleman, not Martin or Lewis. But still trying to make life fun and funny.
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