Up next! Been meaning to get to this one for a while.
#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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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⭐
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!
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
Really good, but depressing as anything to see how poorly the medical profession seem to have routinely treated people of colour.
🦋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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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...
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?
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/