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Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks | Rebecca Skloot
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poorblack tobacco farmer whose cells taken without her knowledge in 1951 became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more.Henrietta's cellshave been bought and sold by the billions, yetshe remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew."
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Gillyreads
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Road trip

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sarahjane1077
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Up next! Been meaning to get to this one for a while.

Megabooks Great book! 2w
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Cinfhen
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#StarTrekSummerMay I read this book for bookclub and again when my son studied medical #ethics and I‘m still not sure how to wrap my head around the injustices perpetrated against Henrietta Lacks. I‘m outraged by the medical establishment yet wonder what do we “owe” and how do we compensate the descendants. I believe there must be a way to #cometogether #BeatleMaynia

Megabooks Great choice! I read this and was probably more shocked than I should have been. The men in Tuskegee, Henrietta, and even more recently Tressie McMillan Cottom, POC have been marginalized and treated unethically in medicine for far too long. I recommend this essay collection, and it‘s on hoopla. (edited) 3w
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘ve had this on my kindle for years now. I think I‘m afraid to read it. 3w
Cinfhen It‘s really a book YOU MUST read @Cathythoughts maybe your bookclub will read it with you because after you‘re done reading you are really going to want to discuss with others!! 3w
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Cinfhen Thanks @Megabooks I‘ll look for your tagged book xx thanks 3w
Weaponxgirl This book was such a hard read and from the uk it was so weird. With free healthcare I‘d be happy for people to study something from my body if it was going to save lives as I know I‘ll be looked after. The injustice of her family not being able to afford medical care whilst others made money from their mothers cells was heartbreaking. 3w
Cinfhen Really terrible for the family @Weaponxgirl it‘s shocking 3w
Eggs I agree @Cinfhen 3w
Mdargusch I love your tie in! 🤝 3w
tournevis Good tag! Such a good choice! 3w
MidnightBookGirl This is definitely an amazing book, as shocking and terrible as Henrietta's treatment was. 3w
Cinfhen Thanks @MidnightBookGirl @tournevis @Mdargusch @Eggs This book was so upsetting yet the history and science was spectacular and fascinating. Excellent book. 3w
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Addison_Reads
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Books finished this month- 23 Total 😁
✳ 14 Books (4,564 pages read)📚
✏ 5 Library Books, 7 ebooks, 2 from my shelves
✳ 9 Audiobooks (61:57 listening hours) 🎧

➡ Fiction= 9 books ➡ NonFiction= 3 books
➡ YA= 4 books ➡ Juv= 4 books
➡ GN= 3 books

My favorite this month is the tagged book. Highly recommend if you haven't read it.

Samplergal It‘s a wonderful book. 4w
readordierachel Awesome! 4w
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xicanti
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I woke up to wet snow—BOOOOOO—so I did this morning‘s #audiorun on the treadmill. Thankfully, everything had mostly dried up by the late afternoon, so I was able to finish this book on Casey‘s outdoor walk. #litsywalkers

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Smrloomis
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Hoping for some good non-fiction reads. Asking for a campus reading program. Think mostly 18-21 year olds who are coming from very different backgrounds and are sometimes reluctant readers. I wish we could get the tagged book but we don‘t have access to it with enough e-copies so I‘m looking for something else gripping like this! #nonfiction #suggestionsplease

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Smrloomis @mrsmarch Thanks for all these! I loved Lab Girl, but I don‘t know the others so I will add them. I only know the tv version of All Creatures Great and Small 😆 so maybe it‘s time to read the book. 4w
mrsmarch @Smrloomis I love JH‘s stories and they‘re nice bite size stories for readers who might be unpracticed. Plus who doesn‘t love animals. 4w
Smrloomis @mrsmarch that sounds good! The students are also mostly from outside the US or Canada so I am hoping to find something with broad appeal. 4w
Smrloomis @Blaire Thanks! I loved Educated but haven‘t gotten to Bad Blood yet. I will add these to the list! (edited) 4w
Smrloomis @BibliOphelia I haven‘t read either of them so thanks for the suggestions. I‘ll have to check them out! 4w
BibliOphelia They are both really compelling stories that read like novels. I wish he‘d write something else in the same vein! 4w
Smrloomis @BibliOphelia that sounds great. Good to know! 👍🏽 4w
BibliOphelia Good luck! 4w
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xicanti
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I woke up with such a terrible migraine that I was stuck in bed until 11:30. Thank goodness for audiobooks; I couldn‘t fall back asleep OR stand to open my eyes for more than a few seconds, but I still got some reading done once I was able to reach my phone and my Bluetooth speaker.

I managed an #audiowalk under the dull grey sky once things let up, too. #litsywalkers

cherinium I feel for people with migraines. Glad you were able to enjoy a book despite the inability to do anything else. Feel better! 1mo
Tamra Yuck, I empathize. 1mo
Avanders Sorry for the rough day! 🤕🤕 But the pic is so pretty ☁️☁️☁️ 1mo
xicanti @cherinium @Tamra @Avanders thanks. ❤️ I don‘t get migraines too often, but when they strike they do it hard. 1mo
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xicanti
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I did some EXCITING #audiocleaning on this Saturday night—which is a hard thing to take a picture of, so here‘re my bookish tracking supplies neatly arranged BESIDE my record player instead of on top of it. Now I can listen to my records again! Hurray!

I‘m loving this book, too. It‘s full of awful things, but Skloot tells it well whether she‘s focused on the Lacks family or the science.

RebL That‘s a book that gets you thinking beyond the pages. I made my teens read it a few years back because it‘s an important part of history. 1mo
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xicanti
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My #audiowalk took me past an Open House by a locally famous realtor. This lady looked eager to buy. #litsywalkers

Lindy 🙃 1mo
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ReadosaurusText
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1. Yes, unfortunately.
2. Actually, Litsy. The reading community here is so inspiring!
3. Any dystopian community.
4. I love the title and cover of THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS (which is an amazing book and you should read it if you haven‘t)!
5. @stacybmartin @whatshesreadingnow @derr.liz

#wondrouswednesday

Karkar This book was awesome! It‘s a story everyone should know! 1mo
ReadosaurusText @Karkar I completely agree! 4w
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Addison_Reads
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Pickpick

I have owned this book far longer than I care to admit. Lately I've been in a slump, starting books I like, but just can't seem to stay focused on. However, this book hooked me from the beginning.

I love the mix of science/medical writing with a heartfelt story of the family Henrietta left behind. In a genetics lab in college we actually used HeLa cells for several experiments and until this book, I had no idea of the story behind those cells. 5⭐

Samplergal Such a great book. I worked in Turner‘s station in Dundalk where some of her family still resides. Johns Hopkins should do better, but it won‘t. 1mo
Addison_Reads @Samplergal So many injustices occurred to not just Henrietta, but so many others, for the advancement of science. I'm thankful there are books like this so that at least some recognition can be given to those individuals. 1mo
Crazeedi I was fascinated by this book. Hadn't ever read anything about the subject. I love medical themed books. This one had my dander up🤨 1mo
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erinjohns
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Facinating and disturbing at the same time. An extrordinary story about a woman who's life was put under a microscope in more ways then one.

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Sempernox
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A wonderful and thoroughly engrossing account of the origin of HeLa cells, which have been used by most scientists to study cell development and functioning, as well as develop cures for many debilitating diseases. This book greatly humanizes science, yet does not sugar coat the ethical issues endemic to the field. Who “owns” human tissue and the resulting medicines developed from said biological specimens? A must read!

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mlzbthc
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks #bookclubfriendlyreads #day23 #riotgrams

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Pickpick

Fascinating & Eye Opening. 👀 A rollercoaster of emotions, and contradictory feelings. I couldn't put it down.

#BlackHistoryMonth #Blitsy

wordzie Nice 👍 3mo
BookwormM Amazing book that everyone should be read 3mo
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rachelk
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A good explanation of HeLa cells and in-depth family biography make for an interesting read. While showing multi-generational effects of racism, poverty and the (horrifying!) history of non consensual use of black people in medical experimentation, Skloot reminds us that although we all rely on scientific discovery, a human being is behind every tissue sample. #BlackHistoryMonth

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Verity
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Really good, but depressing as anything to see how poorly the medical profession seem to have routinely treated people of colour.

Reviewsbylola Very discouraging read but I agree. 4mo
Verity @Reviewsbylola one of the things you really notice is the massive impact on her family. I know they already faced health challenges but to me it seemed pretty undeniable that their health and health outcomes had been massively affected by what happened with their mum and her cells 4mo
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HufflepuffGirl90
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🦋I had to read this during college and hated every moment of it. while some of the genetics were very interesting (i have a biomedical degree) the rest was not-so-slowly killing me. #unpopularopinion
🦋pack or buy, depending on my leftovers
🦋 it is bad that I can‘t think of anything?? 😕
🦋 the smell before a thunderstorm
🦋 Blue Empire
#friyayintro

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Verity
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Current library book!

Reecaspieces Good book!!! 4mo
Verity @Reecaspieces I am fascinated but horrified so far! 4mo
Samplergal One of my favorites! 4mo
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parttimedomestic
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1. A friend recently sent me this picture of a bakery in France with my name!
2. I don‘t buy many ebooks, but the tagged book I have on loan from Libby.
3. 20ish
4. I‘m collecting the house edition Harry Potters because I want a full matching set, but no, other than that I don‘t keep more than one copy of a book.
5. Yes! To Montreal in June!
#humpdaypost

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whatsthEStorey
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The formerly unknown story of the woman & family behind the immortal HeLa cells raises questions about medical ethics and research that are still extremely relevant today. There is a strong theme of institutional racism here as well, and at times I felt vaguely uncomfortable with the way it was handled. Overall, an important and informative nonfic book that reads like a good story.

Amiable Great book 5mo
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bookworm.krizia
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Mehso-so

This is a scientific, biographical book about a dead woman‘s cells. It is important to note that this woman‘s cells saved and is continuing to save millions of lives and that she is black woman. I loved how it centered on Henrietta‘s family especially Deborah. It gives you an idea on who Henrietta really is: she is not just a bunch of cells. She is someone‘s mother, sister and wife.

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EadieB
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#adventrecommends

Amazing story!

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance.

Amiable Great book 6mo
Bookyonce LOVED this book 6mo
Andrew65 Need to read. 6mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Yes you do! It‘s very interesting! 6mo
Andrew65 @EadieB 😊👍 6mo
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emileereads
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4/5 ⭐️

Chelleo Good read! So interesting (and slightly disturbing) 6mo
emileereads Definitely a little disturbing! And amazing what she accomplished for science 6mo
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cinann
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An orange book for #fallintoreading. This is the next book for my book club.

@vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Let me know how it is!! 🧡 7mo
vkois88 I've heard so many good things about this one. Hope you enjoy it! 7mo
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LoverofLit
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This book needed to be written and this woman's story needs to be listened to. My heart broke hearing her story and the story of how her children and her children's children coped with the loss of her and the theft of her cells. This book made me very angry at the science and medical community and it was a hard listen at times. But even with the scientific and medical jargon, it was a harrowing read. Heavy and emotional. Highly recommend.

Samplergal Loved it! 7mo
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Librarybelle
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Such a moving story and one I think everyone should read! #MyImmortal #OctoberXFiles

Jee_HookedOnBookz Loved this book! 7mo
Cinfhen Excellent book 7mo
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arlenefinnigan
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Cathythoughts Good choice 👍🏻 7mo
JennyM Oooo, great choice! 7mo
Cinfhen Such a powerful read 7mo
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LoverofLit
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New week. New audio book for my commute! #audiodrive #audiocommute

mcctrish I loved this book. I‘m not a big non-fiction reader. Sometimes I find NF too textbook-y and I can‘t maintain an interest. This one though 😍 it‘s a tremendous story 7mo
sammisho I loved this so much! Enjoy! 7mo
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REPollock
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I‘m looking for recommendations of nonfiction books similar to the tagged book—where the plot follows some person‘s life/drama in the past but also the author‘s relationship to the subject in the present. Any suggestions?

REPollock Ooh @2BR02B good one! 8mo
2BR02B Spinster might also qualify. She profiles five female writers she admires and draws comparisons between their lifestyles and her own. 8mo
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyOct18 Day 3: When a #Virus serves to make one immortal. One of my most powerful reads this year.

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jhod
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Thanks @kaysworld1 for the book and goodies! Just at the right time as it is cold!!
#fallingforfallswap #fffs
Thanks @Avanders for organising!

Avanders 🎃🎉🎃🎉🎃 8mo
kaysworld1 I'm glad you got it OK. Mine is being redelivered on Monday. @jhod 8mo
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crazyspine
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Pickpick

I first heard about this book on NPR. A fascinating story and a needs contribution to the narrative nonfiction genre #worththehype

EadieB This is a very interesting book! I enjoyed it very much! 8mo
Sheryl63 It‘s a fantastic book! 8mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Brilliant read! Loved it! 7mo
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Loric
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Pickpick

Nonfiction that reads like fiction, this story was extraordinary, fascinating, shocking, powerful, brilliant, astonishing, controversial, informative, amazing, intriguing and tragic all bundled up in one. I was left in awe. 5* read!

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rachelsbrittain
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🔬The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

🧟‍♀️Justina Ireland

🗺Indiana Jones

☕Iced Chai Latte

#manicmonday #letteri @JoScho

JoScho 💛💛💛 9mo
Mamashep Completely forgot this book - one of my all-time fave non-fiction books! 8mo
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sebrittain
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? The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

?‍? Larissa Ione

?The Incredibles

?Ice Cream

This one was a challenge. Apparently I haven't read many "I" books or "I" authors.

#manicmonday #letteri @JoScho

JoScho 💛💛💛 9mo
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REPollock
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This book was so engrossing in terms of stem cells and the way in which the researchers treated the woman whose cells begat so much of the contemporary work. Great sale today.

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sophierayton
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Pickpick

This book is the perfect mix of educational and relational. It was fascinating to learn about the science and history but also heartwarming and heartbreaking to learn of the Lacks family and their troubles. It also made me think of the generational effects of slavery and poverty. It was an eye opener into race relations in America both past and present.

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marianese
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I'm very late in getting to this one. Extensively reported and researched, and well constructed. I wish a Black writer had been the one to tell this story. But overall this book is important and compellingly told, with sufficient care. I actually found its main story - or close to it - to be that of the legacy of enslavement, Jim Crow, and intergenerational trauma and poverty.

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AReedCollett
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The Rogers Public Library's Books & Brews book club discussing this amazing book.

#bookclub #rogersreads

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Bertha_Mason

It was extremely interesting and informative, but the author said a few pretty racist things, seemingly proceeding from the spurious assumption that medical racism is basically over.

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emwank25
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Good

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mrozzz
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HeLa is a useful & resilient cell line from the tissue of Henrietta Lacks, a black woman who died from a quick-moving cervical cancer at 31 years old. She didn‘t know about her cells‘ use for scientific research, the offspring of whom for decades had no idea about the contributions her mother inadvertently made as her cells were: sent into space, added to a nuclear bomb, studied methodically in association with cancer— & essentially made immortal.

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KerryLibME
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I listened to this great audiobook on a ferry ride home from Nova Scotia. Audiobooks = a great way to enjoy books without getting seasick! 🙂 This is the book about medical ethics that I picked for the #BoldlyRead2018 summer reading challenge.

Eggs Great pic 😊 10mo
KerryLibME @Eggs thanks! :) 10mo
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KerryLibME
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I‘m reading this for the #BoldlyRead2018 reading challenge. I created the challenge for the awesome podcast #WomenAtWarp, check it out here: https://www.womenatwarp.com/boldlyread2018-launching-our-summer-reading-challeng...

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KCorter
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Oh, the perils of buying used books. Can anyone tell me what happens between the pages of 28 and 37 of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot?

JackOBotts Noooooooo! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 11mo
Jas16 😱 11mo
Quirkybookworm Oooops! 11mo
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TheFunkyBookworm 😱😱😱 11mo
Macnjen Oh no!!!!! 11mo
readordierachel NOOOO! 11mo
MuddyPuddle Bummer!!! 11mo
Reggie Boooo 11mo
batsy Uggghhh 11mo
Paula3 😣 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Here‘s what I did when this happened to me. I went to Amazon, bought the Kindle book. Read the missing pages and returned the Kindle book in a few hours. Their return policy is liberal enough that you can do this occasionally. 11mo
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GatheringBooks
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This is a dense book that I initially thought would take me awhile to finish. Most of the scientific aspects simply flew over my head, a lot of the references lost to me. However, Rebecca Skloot managed to make the story a little less about science, but more about the woman whose cervical cancer cells unknowingly changed the face of the entire scientific community. Full review here: https://gatheringbooks.org/2018/06/23/saturday-reads-42/

Cathythoughts On my TBR for way too long ! Great review... must read soon 11mo
Wife I recommend the audiobook. 🌹 11mo
GatheringBooks @Cathythoughts if not for my book club, i would probably have never finished this. definitely worth the read. quite dense on some parts, but engaging as a whole. 11mo
GatheringBooks @Wife ooohlala. is it read by oprah winfrey? i watched the hbo adaptation, it was pretty well done, i thought. :) 11mo
Wife @GatheringBooks No. Not Oprah, but the readers did well. 11mo
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