The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a non-fiction book by Rebecca Skloot. It tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were unknowingly taken from her and used in medical research. These cells have outlived her for 60 years.
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  • Abel Velasco
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Rebecca Skloot delivers a an addictive narrative that is well researched and well written and is at times heartbreaking and chilling. The book raises important questions about medical ethics and the science is easily followed. Although Skloot discusses the treatments Henrietta had to endure, this book is, at its core,a story about her humanity."
  • Stephen Elliott
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a good AP non-fiction book. Skloot's book is informative and very interesting. The real life story of Lacks is portrayed well here by Skloot."
  • Leonardo Mata
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "Biographies are important for history reasons, but I find most of them boring to read. This one is highly reviewed, so worth a check out at least."
  • William Estrada
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "An interesting read about a woman and her cells that changed medicine. Not one for studying but one for very interesting and historical facts."
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  • Russell Robinson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "A well researched story of the life of the woman whose cells are in every laboratory all over the planet and have even been sent into space with our astronauts. Its also tells how neither she nor her family ever profited a dime for the experiments and discoveries resulting from her body parts that were used in those experiments. She came from a family who were considered poverty stricken if judged by material standards but she was rich in family and friends who still to this day consider her smart and famous and are super proud of her. The author spent weeks at a time with her daughter and interviewed all her family members who were willing or able to share information. What comes across is how close her children still feel to her after all these years and all the problems they have encountered to try to have her recognized for what medicine and science have been able to do with parts of her body."
  • Jessica Santos
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I loved The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks! This story is riveting and shocking and certainly something interesting to talk about. Rebecca Skloot is a great story teller and this is amazing as non-fiction. "
  • Gary Ortiz
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This non-fiction book is interesting from beginning to end. Bordering on the line of science fiction; it is a true story. It shows how a piece of someone was stolen and used long after her death. Sound unbelievable? Well it is entirely true."
  • Amanda McDonald
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is a great story, but at the same time sad that someone had a part of themselves taken without their consent. Although it has helped so many there is that moral question you have to ask, just because it has helped so many was it right?"
  • Thomas Richards
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This story escaped me for years but I sure am glad I got around to reading it. It touches on the subject of health care and what it means for the individual and how we must do more to protect what is ours. Incredible true story. "
  • Paul Henderson
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "A swing and a miss. I was recommended this book by a friend of mine but I can't quite see what she sees in this book. It wasn't particularly interesting and it was hard to finish but I just was not satisfied by it."
  • Eduardo Campos
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This particularly interesting text you learn of Henrietta Lacks, and her immortal cells, which are used in research to this day. The most engaging part of the book involves the ethical concerns of harvesting these cells unknowingly from Henrietta, and how she lies in an unmarked grave relatively unheralded while her cells were of such use. Its a very persuasive take, and makes a case that African Americans have suffered for the advancement of research, but gained little to nothing from it."
  • Brandon Hoffman
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "One of the most influential people in modern medicine and you've probably never heard of her. Hear the story of Henrietta Lacks and find out how her legacy has endured through time. This is a truly amazing book that sheds light on a little known fact outside the world of medical research. I highly recommend this book!"
  • Shreyas Jhadav
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "he way the author made you feel connected to Henrietta and her family is remarkable. My heart went from happy to aching in seconds while reading this book. Henrietta's cells have become an amazing part of science and has made the world so much better. HeLa cells have created cures for diseases and have even helped scientists discover cures for different types of cancer. The author has been studying Henrietta and her cells ever since she was in high school. The fact that she persevered and worked towards her goal of understanding Henrietta and her story makes the reader feel full inside."
  • Diane Soto
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is the best multi-ethnic American literary works"
  • Kelly Black
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is one of the most astonishing, interesting and yet sad stories that I've ever come across. I had never heard of Henrietta Lacks before I read this book but her story really moved me. This book explores racism, poverty, medical science and above all, ethics. This has to be one of the best books ever written that are based on a true story."
  • Jennifer Evans
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "How can you begin a story that has no end? Henrietta Lacks continues through the ages as a remarkable part of history. Much is attributed to her life yet it is rare to speak her name. A tobacco farmer can work and care about those around her and can knowingly or not be propelled into the future. Take this in true period of history and perceive Ms. Lack's contribution. Think about it, wherever you go, Henrietta Lacks leads the way. "
    Josefina Corona
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Henrietta Lacks is important to know about, but this adds a wondrous air to the story. Well written and easy read."
  • Ronald Ellis
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book in some cases, shows how African Americans are treated in America. I feel that Henrietta Lacks should be a household name rather than a name only known in medicine. Her cells are being sold by the billions, but what has her family received? I wouldn't quite classify this book as one of the "best" biographies about African Americans. "
  • Thomas Obrien
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Her cells are immortal, so part of her lives forever. Finally, the unknown story of a woman who has been so important to modern medicine is told."
  • Joe Hawkins
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The best biography about women is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. It tells the remarkable, but unknown story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. Her cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Virtually unknown, Henrietta Lacks was buried in an unmarked grave."
  • Joan Weber
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks because it demonstrates the lack of transparency in any profession. I realize that The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is the best book with characters in the medical field. I have read, re-read, and plan on referencing The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks context in the future. "
  • Christina Carroll
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "This book was so educational for me. But not in a way that forced it. I really enjoyed reading about her life and reading about her discoveries in medicine."
  • Ishan Shah
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "A really interesting tale about real-life immortality. It's such an interesting topic because it covers so many areas - bioethics, medicine, research, and promising future cures, as well as the consequences of racial discrimination. I couldn't put the book down. I don't know how the movie is like but I'd definitely recommend reading this one if you have even an inkling of interest in biology and bioethics."
  • Barbara Palmer
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "In this day and age, it's amazing to read a book about a woman who does something absolutely miraculous. There are quite a few non-fiction books about women, but you won't find one as profound and little known as this one. I only wish she (Henrietta) had been aware of the potential for her and her cells to do something so substantial before her death. I don't agree with the course this story book because of the researchers, but it is a truly remarkable story about a woman."
  • Fiona Yao
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is not a journal or diary. This is an awesome book written by a women who recounts the life of a poor black women and how her cells were taken and used in the medical field without her knowledge. This is an aspiring book and I recommend it to everyone, but I do not recommend it to someone wanting a first hand account in a diary or journal form."
  • Lori Woods
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "The underlying plot in this book is more what I'm used to in science fiction. This story, or research, is incredible and yet very sad at the same time. Amazing book, but not so much an adventure themed."
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