Sunday, August 14, 2011

I read, do you?

I love to read. I must...I was an English major in college.  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is the latest book I devoured!

What an absolutely mind absorbing book.
It's non fiction and grabs you from the first line.

Henrietta Lacks is aka HeLa cells. The cells that helped developed the Polio vaccine and many other medical advancements.

This is the story of her family and how they found out.

 Some of the chapters are developed to biology and I felt like I was in high school again, trying to just pass with a C. Science is not my strong point.

The majority of the book is dedicated to the story of Henrietta's family. The history and present day. Henrietta's family didn't question doctors about anything. The consequences are told through out the book.

While reading I was actually appalled at how the medical community treated the Lacks. Treated "blacks" as a whole back in the 40's. Growing up in the 70's & 80's, even today, I am amazed that humans were treated like this. I can't fathom it. My jaw slacked open quite a few times while reading, especially the end.

So if you need a good read, not a light read, a good interesting read then check this book out.

It doesn't disappoint!

Tell me, what are you reading now?