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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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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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http://henriettalacksfoundation.org/

The author of this book also started the http://henriettalacksfoundation.org/ to help those who have contributed to science without benefit to themselves. It‘s very interesting for anyone interested and wants to take a look.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Updated after guidance from our team leader, corrected pt total below.

For #TeamStoker
- 2 pts for falling under our theme. There was blood, lots of it. Mad scientists experimenting on the sick & infirmed in the asylums of the 40‘s-50‘s. People are truly the scariest of creatures!
- 1 pt for posting
Total: 3 pts!
#Scarathlon
 @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid I'm so sorry for being vague on this point, the scavenger hunt does not have points. So you will get the two points for the book under the team theme and one point for this post. BUT if you finish all the prompts in the scavenger hunt you will be entered to win a special prize 😁 🧟‍♀️ 2w
TheReadingMermaid This brings your total up to six points for the entire month so far 😘 2w
kspenmoll Such a wonderful book of many layers- 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Also for later #ScaryScavengerHunt over 200 pages and a character dies. 2w
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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This book is a #MUSTRead! Henrietta Lacks cells were taken from her body, without her consent and grown in a lab for years after she passed away from cancer. They still grow today. They have been used in innumerable medical advances from the polio vaccine to experiments with cell cloning, shot into space and bombed in atomic tests to see how cells reacted... they have literally traveled the globe and far beyond. Without her cells, ... (Cont.⤵️)

Riveted_Reader_Melissa (Cont.)... medical research would flounder, BUT the family was never notified. Her children were separated after her death and lived in poverty, even at the time of this book they could not afford health insurance and some were drowning in medical debt. And in the lacks medical days of that time, their personal information was released, their mothers medical records, and as science continued her (and their) DNA. This book explores both the.... 3w
Hazel2019 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa this is probably my favorite book of all time! And I‘m not even that big on nonfiction. 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...amazing discoveries of scientific advancement, and the horrors of medical experimentation in the 1940‘s and 50‘s specifically on the African American population. And it brings it all forward into some of the intense medical ethics and quandaries that we are still dealing with and will be for a long time to come. 3w
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Hazel2019 It‘s extraordinary and excellent! 3w
kspenmoll Great review. After reading the book, my family had a chance to meet the author & hear her grandchildren tell their family ‘s journey. We have wonderful photos with them as keepsakes. 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @kspenmoll That‘s wonderful! 2w
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...”most infants born in the United States since the late sixties, when states started mandating the screening of all newborns for genetic diseases.”

^So in case you think it doesn‘t effect you, it‘s going to infect us all!

Honestly, this is a great argument for universal health care, if you take our tissues and cells to develop everything from new procedures to new medicines, we at least should be able to afford those treatments. 🙄

UnidragonFrag I so agree. I think they did this with my first born, but I don't remember, but my youngest, they asked me to sign something saying they could and if they found anything I needed to know, they'd tell me. I'd never heard of such a thing before. This book has been on my shelf for ages, need to get to it. 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @UnidragonFrag Yes you do! And that‘s all they have to say, they‘ll let you know if they find something, which we need them to do, but if not it becomes medical waste or scrap cells and they can do whatever they want to with their waste. Sounds perverse, but that‘s the argument that is basically our current laws (at least as of the writing of this book anyway). 2w
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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So you can‘t profit from your cells, but a company can get a patent on what they see in there and then limit its uses.... and testing....for an ENTIRE GENE!

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UnidragonFrag Well, my company is AATB certified, we have to keep like crazy documentation of everything.. we pay for all transportation and cremation fees. Body donation is extremely helpful to families that cannot afford a traditional preperation, which I find to be an utter sham and disgustingly expensive. So families are technically getting compensation... it would be weird if you literally could sell your deceased family 🤷‍♀️ 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @UnidragonFrag But it‘s live people too! The one man had a tumor removed & got suspicious when he moved & his doctor was willing to pay for him to fly back & put him up in a motel for follow-ups. He was creating a cell line on his cells from the tumor & the follow up bloodwork. Meanwhile the doctor had entered into agreements with a biotech company to “commercially develop” the cell line, to the tune of 3.5 million, with the market value... 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...estimated at $3 billion. 2w
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UnidragonFrag Hm. That does seem a little shitty. This wouldn't bother me at all if our healthcare was free anyway. All for scientific advances like this. Guy doesn't need the tumor, you know? But is he entitled to some of that $3 billion? I don't know.. 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @UnidragonFrag Yea, I said that in one of my earlier posts. The debate has always been, but medical advancement benefits everyone, so it‘s ok. Except it doesn‘t, because we don‘t have universal health care. So it‘s very easy to get testing and samples from the poor or indigent, and make miraculous discoveries that they will never get to benefit from. In this case experiments were done on the 40‘s-50‘s on African Americans, but I read a ... 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...great book earlier this year that dealt with similar issues today, I‘ll tag it here for you. As a student, she practiced in the free clinic for the poor, students made their mistakes there as they learned, they were basically the test subjects for new doctors, but couldn‘t get treatment for cancers that needed surgery because of no insurance. (edited) 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa And I think it‘s going to get murkier as some tests and advances are based on your specific genes and antibodies. The BRCA gene for breast cancer was mentioned. You can‘t claim that gene, but the company that discovered its function can patent it, and then holds a monopoly on testing for that gene, charging large sums per test. 2w
UnidragonFrag @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I had my first daughter in a free clinic that was basically a training ground for new obgyn type folks.. some days it was fine and others it was horrible. I added that book, sounds interesting. But everything you said makes a lot of sense. Hm. 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @UnidragonFrag Both books are very interesting, definitely worth a read. And thanks so much for discussing with me tonight, it‘s so nice to have someone to talk to after finishing a good book with lots to work through. 2w
UnidragonFrag I dont know that I did much in the way of discussing, lol but you're welcome. I definitely know what you mean. There's been a few books that I just ended up having to talk my husband's ear off and he usually does care about whatever it is 😅 2w
jillrhudy Creepy because there‘s enough of a financial incentive to keep running invasive tests on patients as it is, and hospitalization is increasingly dangerous in and of itself! 2w
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But I see 2 HUGE flaws with this original logic:

1 - in the age of DNA, your unique code is in every one of those cells & they are uniquely yours, and traceable to you. You can‘t count them, even tumors, as just random scraps/waste.

2 - Not everyone does benefit. Your cells may make medical advances, but without health care you may never be able to utilize those advances yourself. So the benefits are only for those wealthy enough to afford them.

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This book will not count as for our #Scarathlon theme @TheReadingMermaid , but boy it should! It‘s full of shady medical experiments, some grave robbing, some very human vampires making off with cells and blood samples, and some Frankenstein worthy cells that continue to grow to this day, infect other cell cultures like crazy, and like the ghost of their former owner will continue to #haunt medical science forever.

#TeamStoker

Addison_Reads One of my favorite books I've read this year! I think everyone should read this. 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Addison_Reads I agree, this one should be a #MustRead! 3w
TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 3w
Zoes_Human My cousin was floored when she read this book. She worked with HeLa cells throughout her career but was never once taught in school or at work where they had come from. 3w
Ericalambbrown @Zoes_Human @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I loved this book. I graduated with my cell bio degree in 2004 and one of our professors was adamant that we knew where HeLa cells had come from. We didn‘t know the entire story until the book came out sadly, but we knew her name and respected her contribution. So, so many owe her a debt of gratitude. 3w
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Looking forward to this true story of Henrietta Lacks. Started this today whilst at the farm with the kids. Our animal tours done the kids let off steam playing in the playground whilst I read. Only thing, we were 10 mins too long and almost were locked in!! A grumpy cafeteria lady opened the doors for us just in time before I was about to climb a fence after the kids, picnic bags and stroller had been hoisted over. Oh, the public debasement!!

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“Sonny had a quintuple bypass in 2003, when he was fifty-six years old—the last thing he remembered before falling unconscious under the anesthesia was a doctor standing over him saying his mother‘s cells were one of the most important things that had ever happened to medicine. Sonny woke up more than $125,000 in debt because he didn‘t have health insurance to cover the surgery.”

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“When Christoph projected Henrietta‘s cells on the monitor in his lab a few days earlier, Deborah said, “They‘re beautiful.” She was right. Beautiful and otherworldly—glowing green and moving line water, calm and ethereal, looking precisely like heavenly bodies might look. They could even float through the air.”

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“The presence of telomerase meant cells could keep regenerating their telomeres indefinitely. This explained the mechanics of HeLa‘s immortality: telomerase constantly rewound the ticking clock at the end of Henrietta‘s chromosomes so they never grew old and never died.”

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“...a pair of researchers... discovered that human-mouse hybrids lost their human chromosomes over time, leaving only the mouse chromosomes. This allowed scientists to begin mapping human genes to specific chromosomes by tracking the order in which genetic traits vanished. If a chromosome disappeared and production of a certain enzyme stopped, researchers knew the gene for that enzyme must be on the most recently vanished chromosome.”

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This nonfiction story was unbelievable and amazing! On one end the author did an exceptional job of highlighting the science and advances surrounding the use of Henrietta Lacks‘s cells. On the other is the - just as exceptional and heartbreaking - story of Henrietta‘s family and their search for justification for the hijacking of her cells without consent and the need for the world to know who she was as a person. Excellent audiobook! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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#RedRoseSeptember #adayinthelife

The day doctors took her cells without her permission launched a medical revolution.

TheHeartlandBookFairy This was one of my all-time favorite books! 2mo
kspenmoll It was an amazing read! I got to hear the author with some of her grandchildren speak a few years ago at UConn. It was incredible. 2mo
Cinfhen What an amazing experience to hear the author speak!! This book awakened the reader/learner in me 2mo
arlenefinnigan Really looking forward to reading this. 2mo
kspenmoll @Cinfhen It was perfect. We have pictures of us with author & family. ❤️ 2mo
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Come-read-with-me
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This is a mesmerizing story that had to be told.An African-American woman living in Baltimore in 1950 goes to John Hopkins Hospital only to discover she has cervical cancer. Physicians discover that she has ‘super cells‘ that can be used for research. Without her permission, the hospital harvests her cells & sells them for millions to other researchers. Through all this Henrietta & her family live in abject poverty with no available health care

BookwormM Amazing book 3mo
Come-read-with-me @BooksyBookerton It was jaw dropping. I couldn‘t put it down 3mo
Come-read-with-me @BookwormM I couldn‘t stop reading it - it was life changing! 3mo
Come-read-with-me @BooksyBookerton It was! It‘s just so heartbreaking to read about this kind of medical abuse. 3mo
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WomanistBibliophile
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Tsundoku, pt.1:

Sanctuary by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
The Swan in the Evening by Rosamund Lehman
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Sovereignty of Good by Iris Murdoch
Talking with Children About Things that Matter
War Games by Linda Polman
Marxism: Essential Writings

Have you read and enjoyed any of these? Trying to motivate myself to get to reading more again! 📚

Weaponxgirl The immortal life of Henrietta lacks was interesting. Particularly coming from the uk, we have free healthcare where her relatives can‘t afford basic medication. Pretty heartbreaking 2mo
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AJBowers
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Compiling a list of books for #24in48

kspenmoll Great choices!!! 3mo
AJBowers @kspenmoll thank you! I wanted enough variety so I can hop between them if I need to 🤣💕 3mo
MrBook Ooh! When is it?! 3mo
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AJBowers @MrBook this weekend! The 20th and 21st. 3mo
MrBook Not again. 🙈🙈🙈 They always have to pick a NYC book club weekend where I‘m gone all day Sunday 🙃. Well...I do have all day Saturday. 🤔 3mo
BooknerdsLife What a lovely lust of books! 😍💖 3mo
Megabooks 3 and 6 are awesome! Enjoy! 3mo
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violabrain
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Pickpick

Lives up to the hype and then some. Great book!

Readage Amazing book!! 3mo
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Kboltz
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Pickpick

Finally got around to reading this! Beyond interesting. Science is amazing. When you read the history of these cells you can see both sides of who it helps and who it affects. Great read.

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@TheBookHippie I found the Coates, and both are on their way to you. The Skloot is a little worn, but better than I remembered. The Coates is like new.

OrangeMooseReads Those are both excellent books. 4mo
TheBookHippie Oh thank you so much!!!!!! It means the world to these kids who work so hard!! 4mo
Lcsmcat @TheBookHippie It‘s the least I can do. You do the hard work, and I‘m glad there are dedicated people like you working with kids who need it the most. 4mo
kspenmoll Do you still need Henrietta? I think I have a copy. Will look. @TheBookHippie (edited) 4mo
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This book started off as one to fill some time waiting for another book in the library, I was drawn into Henrietta's story and the debate of cell ownership. I never knew the importance of HeLa cells or what they were. Thank you Rebeccca Skloot for telling her story.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This book is great, very eye opening! 4mo
BookwormM A book I think everyone should read as we owe so much to Henrietta 4mo
Meghan1 Did you get your summer reading swap package from me? I sent it last Wednesday. 4mo
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WriterAtHeart @Meghan1 Yes. I just haven't been home to let you know, but it is in. 4mo
Meghan1 Oh good!! 4mo
crazyspine I loved this book. Kind of disappointed by movie, but at least Operah is in it. 4mo
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Egleason
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I‘ve been MIA on here but excited to be back. Turns out having 2 jobs and doing graduate school leaves you very run down lol. Excited to be back and will try to post more. Here‘s a required reading for my research methods course. #keeponkeepingon

TheLibrarian Welcome back! 4mo
Shakespearience HeLa is a great read! Even some of my high schoolers seem to enjoy it. 4mo
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Mehso-so

Not bad, I don‘t want the soso to make it seem like I hated it, I think my expectations were too high after years of being sure I‘d love it but not getting round to it, so I wound up disappointed. Great concept, subject, important to write and learn about, but I wasn‘t crazy about the writing style and found the structure odd, which made it less than perfect after I‘d read such glowing reviews. Not a bad book and I‘d probably still recommend

Caterina This was required reading for my freshman year of college, and I had not heard any hype yet (and Litsy probably didn't exist? It was 2012), but other than that my experience was the same with this book. Totally second your review! 4mo
SW-T I had the same problem. Fascinating topic but the writing style made it so-so for me. 4mo
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Emilymdxn
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Sorry I‘ve been quiet! I haven‘t been feeling great (maybe a cold or maybe just feeling run down) and I‘m still resting my ankles so #bookfitnesschallenge is still on hold. I‘m still motivated and excited for round 2 @wanderinglynn but im on the bench right now, which is okay, I‘m seeing the rest as part of my overall fitness.

Just arrived in Yorkshire for my cousin-once-removed‘s birthday weekend and getting some reading in in my hotel room

Beatlefan129 Hope you feel better soon! 4mo
wanderinglynn Sometimes rest is what we need. I hope you feel better soon! 💚 4mo
Crazeedi Sending get well vibes!!💞💞💞 4mo
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BookwormAHN I hope you feel better 🌻 4mo
Caterina Good job taking care of yourself!! 💪 Sometimes the hardest thing is to slow down and listen to your body instead of your brain. Hope you feel better soon. ❤️😘 4mo
Clwojick Take care of yourself! Hopefully you heal quickly, and get some reading in, in the meantime 💪🏻 4mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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Had to hit up the library sale since it's my day off. 🤓 I always think I'm going to be a hermit until it's halfway through the day and I get stir crazy. 😂

LauraJ Excellent choices! 4mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser Yeah, I get that too!! I'm up and raring to go after half a day reading in bed! 2mo
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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! 5mo
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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) 6mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘ve had this on my kindle for years now. I think I‘m afraid to read it. 6mo
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!! 6mo
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Cinfhen Thanks @Megabooks I‘ll look for your tagged book xx thanks 6mo
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. 5mo
Cinfhen Really terrible for the family @Weaponxgirl it‘s shocking 5mo
Eggs I agree @Cinfhen 5mo
Mdargusch I love your tie in! 🤝 5mo
tournevis Good tag! Such a good choice! 5mo
MidnightBookGirl This is definitely an amazing book, as shocking and terrible as Henrietta's treatment was. 5mo
Cinfhen Thanks @MidnightBookGirl @tournevis @Mdargusch @Eggs This book was so upsetting yet the history and science was spectacular and fascinating. Excellent book. 5mo
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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. 6mo
readordierachel Awesome! 6mo
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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. 6mo
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. 6mo
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. 6mo
Smrloomis @Blaire Thanks! I loved Educated but haven‘t gotten to Bad Blood yet. I will add these to the list! (edited) 6mo
Smrloomis @BibliOphelia I haven‘t read either of them so thanks for the suggestions. I‘ll have to check them out! 6mo
BibliOphelia They are both really compelling stories that read like novels. I wish he‘d write something else in the same vein! 6mo
Smrloomis @BibliOphelia that sounds great. Good to know! 👍🏽 6mo
BibliOphelia Good luck! 6mo
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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! 6mo
Tamra Yuck, I empathize. 6mo
Avanders Sorry for the rough day! 🤕🤕 But the pic is so pretty ☁️☁️☁️ 6mo
xicanti @cherinium @Tamra @Avanders thanks. ❤️ I don‘t get migraines too often, but when they strike they do it hard. 6mo
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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. 6mo
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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 🙃 6mo
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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! 6mo
ReadosaurusText @Karkar I completely agree! 6mo
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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. 6mo
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. 6mo
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🤨 6mo
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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!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great book. Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 4mo
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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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Fascinating & Eye Opening. 👀 A rollercoaster of emotions, and contradictory feelings. I couldn't put it down.

#BlackHistoryMonth #Blitsy

wordzie Nice 👍 8mo
BookwormM Amazing book that everyone should be read 8mo
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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 rely on scientific discovery for medical progress, there is a human being 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. 9mo
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 9mo
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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!!! 9mo
Verity @Reecaspieces I am fascinated but horrified so far! 9mo
Samplergal One of my favorites! 9mo
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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 10mo
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