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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks | Rebecca Skloot
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERHer name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poorblack tobacco farmer whose cellstaken without her knowledge in 1951became 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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Bookwormjillk
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Wow, why did I wait so long to read this book? I have so many feelings after reading this. I‘m sure there has been a lot written about this amazing book so I won‘t even try, but I am so glad this book is now in my life.

tpixie I read it years ago & my sister and I still talk about it. It sticks with you! 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl After that review I find myself compelled to stack it. 🙂 1mo
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ajennell
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When university assignments and pets collide, it isnt always a bad combination.

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EverydayImReading
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Working in tissue culture in 80s and 90s we were told the HeLa cell line was from a woman called Helen Lane. A literal white wash of the truth. This is the real life story of a Henrietta Lacks who unbeknownst to herself has contributed to many advances in science and research and she deserves a voice. There are many books and at least one film also about her life. #Alphabetgame

kspenmoll Her story is now public thanks to her family & this author. I was honored to hear her grandchildren & Rebecca Solnit speak at UConn, and have a signed book. They were incredible. Thanks for sharing your i sight from working with tissue. (edited) 4mo
Cathythoughts @kspenmoll That was something to hear her family speak 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
Cathythoughts Great book Sinead , that you recommended to us all years ago 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
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EverydayImReading Yes finally. How wonderful to have met the family. @kspenmoll 4mo
kspenmoll @Cathythoughts It was such a memorable experience. 4mo
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abbyreadz
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This book should be required reading for doctors, nurses, scientists and social workers. I cannot believe what this woman has gone through. Although Henrietta‘s cells were stolen and used in more than a million experiments, her whole family is unable to afford any kind of medical insurance.

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Mehso-so

It was interesting to hear origins of HeLa cells (though I didn't know the importance of them before reading this book). I understand how it was important to tell the story of Henrietta's family, but thought it was a little drawn out.

It did paint a picture for both sides of the debate of who should own the rights for ones tissue. That it's not so black and white. But it felt like an afterthought to the book.

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keepingupwiththepenguins
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To call this one a ‘biography‘ feels reductive. This 2010 masterpiece of journalistic non-fiction is much more than the dates and facts of a life. It‘s an study of bioethics, a masterclass in accessible science writing, and a testament to the human consequences of scientific discovery. And it‘s compelling as heck, to boot! Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks-rebecc...

LeeRHarry I work in medical science and had no idea as to the origin of the name HeLa - shame on me I say, thought this was such a worthwhile read. 8mo
sherri This was a fascinating read. 8mo
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AllDebooks
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Hopefully on target to finish 3 bingo lines, including #bookspin and #doublespin picks for March. Need to finish the tagged, North and South for #pemberlittens and start Lark Rise to Candleford for the hat trick by Friday! Getting into reducing that tbr pile nicely. Although like any other bibliophile, they're immediately replaced tenfold. 😂📚📚📚📚

@TheAromaofBooks

What will April bring?

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looking fabulous!!! 8mo
rubyslippersreads I‘ve been wanting to read Lark Rise because I loved the TV series. 8mo
AllDebooks @rubyslippersreads it's been on my list for years but never got round to reading it until now. I missed the tv series unfortunately. I do love a good period drama 8mo
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rubyslippersreads @AllDebooks I think all four seasons are on Hulu. 😊 8mo
AllDebooks @rubyslippersreads oh thanks, I'll have a look x 8mo
AllDebooks @TheAromaofBooks I've had to bail on Lark Rise. It's not for me at this time. So 2 complete lines and so close to a third 😁 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes it feels good to bail on a book and move forward!! 8mo
AllDebooks @TheAromaofBooks Absolutely!! It took me so long to feel ok about quitting on a book but life is too short. 8mo
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staci.reads
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Wow! I know I'm really late to the party on this, but what a story! I devoured this in 2 sittings. It's incredibly readable! I adored the author's balance of science, history, ethics, & relationships. Deborah's journey to learn about her mother & sister touched me deeply. I know I'll be thinking about this book for a long time. Thank goodness for #Bookspin! I finally picked this up and dove in! This was my #Doublespin for March @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I‘ve had this one on my shelf for years and I need to read it!! Have you read it?

#SavvySettings
#Laboratory

LeeRHarry Yes and yes you do 😊 9mo
TheBookHippie It‘s required reading here for high schoolers. 9mo
zezeki I've read it a long time ago, it's a great book! 9mo
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IamIamIam I loved this book! I read it many years ago but the science has stayed with my, as well as how much her family suffered after she passed. Excellent read. 9mo
Morr_Books Great book! ❤️ 9mo
jlhammar Great choice! Excellent book. 9mo
DivineDiana Also on my shelf for years. Trying to move it up the stacks! 9mo
AmyG It‘s a very good book. 9mo
Eggs I have-everyone should read this🩸💔💉🧪 9mo
staci.reads Also been on my shelf for years, but it's my #doublespin this month, so I'm hoping to get to it! 9mo
Megabooks It is so good!! 9mo
PaperbackPirate It‘s so good! My whole book club loved it which rarely happens. 9mo
Tera66 It's really great. 9mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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I'm behind schedule, so here is my February pick as well for #12booksof2021

This was an excellent work of journalism and a heartbreaking story of exploitation.

BookwormM Everyone should read this book so important 11mo
Andrew65 This is one I‘m wanting to read. 11mo
RaeLovesToRead @BookwormM @Andrew65 It's such a good book. As a doctor myself, I was so upset and angry to read about the liberties doctors back then took with their patients to further their research. It's a story about injustice and racism, but Rebecca Skloot also brings Henrietta and her family to life in a fascinating biography. Highly recommended. 11mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Oh my word, it took me forever to finish this book. I think I expected too much. Or maybe it was just the extremely questionable theology towards the end that put me off! ⭐⭐⭐

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TheRiehlDeal
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Truly a commendable effort for Rebecca Skloot to publish this and tell the story of Henrietta Lacks and her family on how scientists did research on her cells without consent. I liked that Skloot shed some light on the family drama and didn‘t make it all about Henrietta.

I can‘t believe it took me so long to read this! This should be required reading, even for high schoolers.

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Roary47
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5✨ I could not put this down! I‘ve heard of Henrietta Lacks immortal cells because I teach science and try to stay current. While it did have the major medical advancements that the HeLa cells help to benefit it was more about the history and the family she left behind. A lot of heart break, but trying to make it right along the way. #roaringwolf (just for fun)-Reaching for the Stars @Littlewolf1

TiredLibrarian Love this book! It's required reading for bio students at our local HS. 1y
Roary47 Nice! It should be at ours too, but we can‘t get textbooks either. 🤷‍♀️ 1y
wanderinglynn I just sent you an email about #HHS. Please let me know if you got it and if you have any concerns or questions. 1y
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wanderinglynn You are awesome!!! Thank you so much! 1y
Roary47 @wanderinglynn you may have seen I responded back. I live on my emails for students 😅 I got it and understand. Thank you!! 💛 1y
kspenmoll Fabulous book! 1y
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WellReadCatLady
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Appreciated the balance of science and family history that Rebecca Skloot created for her book.

kspenmoll Fantastic book. 1y
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DebinHawaii
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#QuotsyJul21 #cell

The most famous & important cells I can think of. This book was so interesting but made me so angry for Henrietta & all of the others misused in the name of medicine.

“These cells have transformed modern medicine. … They shaped the policies of countries and of presidents. They even became involved in the Cold War. Because scientists were convinced that in her cells lay the secret of how to conquer death.”

TK-421 Great choice for #cell! 1y
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LisaLovesToRead
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Wow! I wanted to read this because I thought it was important material. I was pleasantly surprised with how readable Skloot wrote it. She is quite talented!

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QBub
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Ms. Lacks‘ cells have a unique capacity to reproduce for generations, seemingly without end. Her cells have been used in cancer research for decades. Unfortunately, this research was done done without her consent. Is it any wonder that Black Americans distrust the medical field here?

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Glad to have finally read the amazing history of the HeLa cell line and the woman who has contributed so much to science. However, the history of the Lacks descendants is a tragic one and was difficult to read at times. Skloot raises important questions around informed consent, tissue rights, and racism in medicine. Had Henrietta been white would things have been different for her family and would her name have lived in obscurity for so long? 4⭐️

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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The view from our campsite and a perfect reading spot! #camanoislandstatepark #pnw

Tamra Camping is a happy place! 1y
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Tamra Definitely! Especially after the kids are in bed. 😂 1y
Tamra @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks 🤣 totally! Enjoy! 1y
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Another book; another tear-inducing epigraph.

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paisleyjess
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Most perfect day in Boston. Loving this book but probably a little behind pace since book club is in a week. But who can resist a cold on outside RN?!

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Roary47
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My Mother‘s Day book haul. 🥰

Hazel2019 Love the books! 2y
Littlewolf1 That bookmark is everything 😁 2y
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paisleyjess
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This is fascinating! Even when I step away from it, I'm thinking about it.

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Soubhiville
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It‘s extremely rare for me to be this riveted by nonfiction. I could not put this book down.

I‘ve had so many recommendations for this, I‘m thrilled it landed in my LFL. I‘ll be keeping this one.

What a remarkable story. The science has been crucial to our civilization. And the poor family‘s struggles.

I‘ll be recommending this one now!

#readingthestates2021 #Maryland

Addison_Reads Loved this one! I recommend it all the time. Such a great book. 2y
eanderson I have this as an audiobook that I‘m hoping to listen to next week. Seeing this makes me look forward to it! 2y
WorldsOkayestStepMom This book floored me. 2y
Crazeedi Great book 2y
Cathythoughts Great review! I read this one recently too, very good book 📚💔 2y
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Soubhiville
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One nice perk of having a Little Free Library is when a book you‘ve been wanting to read is dropped in it by one of your patrons! I‘m adding this to my TBR for next month 🙂📚.

#Sietje is enjoying some sun in the library this morning. We‘re about to head out for a walk.
#PetsOfLitsy #DogsOfLitsy

CBee This is a GREAT book 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Enjoy!! 2y
AmyG Her face so reminds me of Lou. ❤️❤️ 2y
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Smrloomis Such a great book! 2y
Cathythoughts I just finished this one ... it‘s really good 👍🏻❤️ 2y
Ruthiella It always feels a little magical when a book I really want to read crosses my path like that. 2y
Eyelit Loved this book! We read it for safe book club a few years ago and had a very lively discussion 2y
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Cathythoughts
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#NonfictionScience #Winter I listened to this book ... I didn‘t know Henrietta‘s story , so I learned a lot. This book has been on my kindle for years .... so Thank you #Booked2021 for getting me to it. ❤️💔
I‘m nearly there for this winter season ... Im on a race to the finish line 🏃‍♀️ Almost there 🤞🏻

Cinfhen Woohoo🙌🏻 you can do it!!! And so glad the challenge helped you finally get to this incredible story 2y
Lindy A reading community is a blessing. So glad the challenge brought you to this important book. 🤗 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I truly loved this book. It was my gateway back into reading nonfiction. 2y
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youneverarrived Always good to finish a book that‘s been on your tbr for a while! 🤍 2y
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @Lindy I‘m so glad I got to it too ❤️👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts @BarbaraTheBibliophage It‘s rare for me to read non-fiction .... such a good book 2y
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived It is 👍🏻😁 2y
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PurpleTulipGirl
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#weeklyforecast

Making progress on 3 books, including the #NarniaReadalong . Got sidetracked from Jane Jacobs by the story of Henrietta Lacks. Excellent introduction to the causes for distrust of hospitals and researchers among Blacks. Highly recommended.

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paulareadsallthetime
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The author tells the story of how the hela cells began and the story of the woman they came from. Henrietta Lacks‘ biopsy was taken without her permission and the cells have been shipped all over the world. There are now more of her cells alive than there were when she was living.

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squirrelbrain
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This would read like a (horror) movie if you didn‘t know it was real. Scientists took cells from Henrietta Lacks when she was dying with cervical cancer and used them, without her family‘s knowledge, to carry out scientific research but also to make a lot of money.

The whole Lacks family was appallingly treated, right up to the current day but Skloot treats them all with sensitivity.

#booked2021
#nonfictionscienceorsciencewrittenbyawoman

this_teacher_reads Great book! 2y
kspenmoll Amazing book; amazing family; amazing author. Met them all at UConn a few years ago where they were telling their mother‘s story & how the book came about. 2y
squirrelbrain Wow @kspenmoll - how amazing, and an honour, to get to meet them all! 2y
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kspenmoll @squirrelbrain It truly was. They spent so much time after talking with people. 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Everyone needs to read this book 2y
Tattooedteacher This is super important book. Would love to have met them. 2y
Emily92Bibliophile I tried to read this one a couple years ago. I ended up having to put it down and plan to come back to at a later time because of how HORRIFYING it was. It really read like a horror movie and the fact that it is very REAL, and I while I didn‘t get far into it( maybe halfway?) I plan to read it soon. 2y
BookwormM Everyone should read this book!! 2y
vlwelser I love this cover. And I also agree that this book is amazing. 2y
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Tattooedteacher
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Powered_By_Plants So true 💜 🌍 , we worry about possessions far too much . Great quote 2y
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Tattooedteacher
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This was my first experience with narrative non-fiction on the adult level.. I always find them on the dry side. This book, however, was a great read. Skloot made a difficult topic understandable to even me. I fell in love with the family members of Henrietta. Clearly, the book brings up a multitude of ethical, moral, and social issues and might cause you to think twice in the Dr's office next time. Definitely read this.

kspenmoll Fabulous Book!!!‘ 2y
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Tattooedteacher
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It‘s here and opened! Freakin‘ can‘t wait. #botm

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Tattooedteacher
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Okay Ladies in Group T for Thriller, Here‘s a few options I‘ve come up with. Does anyone have any preferences? Super excited to be reading with you.

Alfrazier21 I‘m excited for this round as well! I‘ve read The Guest List, but any of the others sound great! (edited) 2y
Kappadeemom I‘ve read Sundown Motel by not the others 2y
Tattooedteacher If no one minds I think I go for Dear Child. @EliNeedsMoreShelves @Kappadeemom @Alfrazier21 2y
Kappadeemom Works for me!👍 2y
EliNeedsMoreShelves Looks good to me! 2y
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roseeemarie
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One of the best nonfiction books that I have ever read. It was such an easy read. It was not dry whatsoever. The sheer scope of the impact that Henrietta Lacks‘ cells had on science is astronomical. I was not aware before reading this book that her cells were from her cervix and that HPV is what lead to her cells reacting the way that they did. People are so unfamiliar with HPV and it needs to be talked about more. I highly recommend this book.

TheBookHippie I so agree!!!! 2y
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Tattooedteacher
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Group T is looking for another member. Who‘s ready for a Thriller group. It‘s loads of fun. Here‘s the link. https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/5080444aead2ca0ff2-l... #lmpbc #thriller

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Tattooedteacher
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Super glad I started this this morning. It was mentioned in #sundaybuddyread discussions hosted by @TheBookHippie So far it‘s both fascinating and mortifying. Thanks for a great discussion.

TheBookHippie This is required reading here for honors English 11th graders. So I‘ve read through it a time or two ... it is so well written. I‘m glad your reading it I‘ll be interested to hear your thoughts. 2y
RaeLovesToRead I'm currently half way through.. 2y
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roseeemarie
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I‘m so excited to kick off Black History Month with this book! It‘s been on my “to read” list forever and it will also be the first book I review on this app. 😁#nonfiction #blackhistorymonth #theimmortallifeofhenriettalacks

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RaeLovesToRead
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For #booked2021 - Non-fiction science written by a woman

I've also read a book set in Australia (Nine Perfect Strangers) and a book where the M/C is a doctor or nurse (The Thursday Murder Club - retired, but I'm counting it??)

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bibliobliss
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>>Today's #bookstagram features a fabulous #nonfictionnerd pick that I read about 5 years ago. If you have not read the tagged book, you should as soon as humanly possible. It's one of the most "unputdownable" books you'll ever read!!

Status: READ and loved!! ?

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#read #history #science #cancer #biology #humanbody #women #race #paperbacks #booksiown #miracles #truestory #bestbooks

Freespirit I found this book really interesting.. and sad! 2y
bibliobliss @Freespirit Indeed!! Incredibly interesting and sad 2y
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Bits
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I inhaled this in two sittings and have been putting off my review because I know I can't possibly do it justice.
I learned so much I didn't know I wanted to know. The science, medical ethics, and story of Henrietta and her family are in turns horrifying, fascinating, heartbreaking, infuriating, and utterly incredible. Everyone should know her and her everlasting impact on our world.
Thank you @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm for the recommendation!!!

bibliobliss ❤️ this book 2y
Hazel2019 I loved this one too! 2y
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TheBookHippie Medical ethics just is horrifying. I read this after reading several articles about how horrific Black Women were treated in OBGYN history. 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I‘m so glad you liked it!! I felt the same way while writing my review. 😅 2y
Chrissyreadit @TheBookHippie I stacked your recommendation- I hope to get back to my non fiction this summer. 2y
Bits @TheBookHippie Thanks for this recommendation! 2y
TheBookHippie @Bits I learned so much. Broke my heart as well. 2y
TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit you will learn so much! I certainly did and a lot of made sense to me from what I‘ve experienced with young girls. 2y
BookwormM Everyone should read this 2y
Come-read-with-me This is a staggering book - loved it! 2y
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JennyM
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HeLa is one of the oldest and most common cell lines used in scientific research. But she was also a black women - Henrietta Lacks - whose cancer cells were taken and used without her permission. Told in a great mix of science and memoir, this is the story of Henrietta and her cells, and the consequences of her ‘immortality‘ for her family and the world.

#Booked2021 #NonfictionScienceByAWoman

LeeRHarry This was a great book - so compulsively readable 😊 2y
JennyM @LeeRHarry I though the author did a wonderful job - I got quite emotional in parts. Thank goodness for modern day ethics committees! 2y
Megabooks Great choice! 2y
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Jeg We did this for book club. I was blown away. I had heard somewhere about someone‘s cells still being used for research but I had no idea of the background. 2y
Kalalalatja Great review, and good idea for the prompt 👍 2y
squirrelbrain I have this one on my TBR list for the same prompt - looking forward to it even more now! 2y
kspenmoll Great review for a great great book!!! 2y
JennyM @Megabooks @Jeg @Kalalalatja @squirrelbrain @kspenmoll it‘s a fascinating read. And all credit to the author for telling the Lackes story with honesty and compassion 2y
MrsMalaprop Such a good & important book 👍🏼. 2y
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rachelsbrittain
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Ahh @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm you totally spoiled me! I love that we both got so excited about sharing our favorites that we looked a bit farther back than just 2020 😅 So excited to read so many incredible sounding new books (some real chunksters in there too) & TBH I love that one is a library copy. Books with character are the best. Thank you thank you, Meagon, & thanks to @candority for putting this together!!

#BestOf2020Swap #Bestof2020

rachelsbrittain Also: the notebook is GORGEOUS. The bathbombs and lotion are going to be put to use ASAP. I love the unicorn print book sleeve and mug to match, the bookmarks (never enough), and pistachios are one of my favorites. 😍😁 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Yay!! I‘m so glad you like it! Hehe, I was amused you kind of cheated on them being exclusively 2020 reads too. 😅Happy New Year and happy reading! Can‘t wait to find out what you think of the books! 😍 2y
rachelsbrittain @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm haha yeah clearly we were well matched! 😂 2y
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Read-y_Picker Such a great selection! 2y
candority Wonderful swap package! I‘m curious about what‘s in that unicorn box?! 2y
rachelsbrittain @Read-y_Picker right?! 2y
rachelsbrittain @candority it's a unicorn mug with swappable stickers to decorate it! 2y
candority Oh, that‘s so fun! 🦄 2y
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Mccall0113
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My last two thrift store finds combined. Wish I could retire so I could read all day!

RebL Same 2y
Caroline2 Ohh good haul. 😉 2y
aperfectmjk Girl, you and me both. Nice finds. 2y
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dariazeoli This. 2y
Curiouser_and_curiouser Yeah, that would be sooo nice. It's all I think about and what gets me through work and chores every day. I also have audiobooks in the car so I don't have to wait til I get home. I can't believe you found the book on Henrietta Lacks! That would be a treasured find! Awesome haul. 2y
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Bits
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1. I'm most looking forward to the tagged book for #newyearwhodis with @megawhoppingcosmicbookwyrm and trying to get my hands on a copy of The Midnight Library which remains elusive! A pretty popular book, so it seems! 😂
2. No reading regrets at all! This was my best reading year of my entire life and joining Litsy was definitely a good call!

Tagging if you're interested in joining in: @rehesina @icantimreading

#two4tuesday @thespineview

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Yay!!! 😍 I ordered Arc of a Scythe and am eagerly awaiting their arrival! 🥰📚 2y
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🤩📚 2y
ICantImReading I have The Midnight Library on hold through Libby - so excited for that one! 😍 2y
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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I cry easily when it comes to books, so I narrowed it down to the first book I remember wrecking me, Where the Red Fern Grows, and the most current one that wrecked me, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
The former is a novel about a boy and his dogs and their love and devotion to each other. The latter is a true account of a woman‘s immortal cells and their impact on science, humanity, and her direct descendants.
#FridayFeelings
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Cuilin I haven‘t read either of these. Both seem like tearjerkers. 🥲 Thanks for playing. 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Cuilin I highly recommend both. I‘ve been meaning to reread WtRFG as an adult. I plan on having a box of tissues handy. 😅 2y
Pageturner1 i haven‘t read a serious tear jerker. i have seen the movie of WTRFG and it was sad. @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm thanks for tag. @cuilin thanks for post. I will have to find a good tear jerker. 2y
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lazylokistarkthorcaptain WtRFG definitely was the first book that made me cry...it was also the first book I simultaneously loved and hated 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I haven't read either, but probably should get to WtRFG. I mean, dogs are likely my biggest emotional weakness. 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick WtRFG will definitely exploit your weaknesses! Kids + dogs + sadness = an inconsolable Bookwyrm sobbing like an infant. 😅 (edited) 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @lazylokistarkthorcaptain Lol, agreed! 😅 I couldn‘t believe our teacher had us read it! I was like, “Why would she do this to me?!?” 😭 Now I‘m grateful, it certainly opened up conversations about life and death I hadn‘t had before. 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Pageturner1 I‘m a rather emotional person, so for me it‘s almost too easy to find books, movies or even songs that make me cry. 😅 I‘m looking forward to seeing what your choice is! 2y
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NeedsMoreBooks
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Recommended by Rachel, I enjoyed this book. Lacks was an African-American woman whose cells were taken from her and then used in scientific and medical research. It follows Lacks‘s life and the present the author is gathering info to write the book. Excellent example of how Black bodies are exploited in the name of progress. #NFN20 #NFN2020

kspenmoll Fantastic story! 2y
Cathythoughts Will this work for #nonfictionscience for winter for #booked2020 I‘ve always wanted to read it .... 2y
NeedsMoreBooks @kspenmoll yes!! @Cathythoughts yes, definitely. 2y
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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There aren‘t words. I haven‘t stopped thinking about it since I started it. The story is absolutely insane, you‘d think it was a science fiction novel rather than a real story about a real woman, and a real family. Skloot weaves a poignant, heartfelt narrative through decades of tragedy for Henrietta Lacks and her descendants. The book makes you think hard about ingrained issues in our society and how we devalue people for knowledge and money.

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I just realized I completely forgot to post my goals for #CrushTheRush by @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
I only have one more book to finish (tagged) before I hit my preplanned goal for 2020 of 52 books. Here I thought it was an impossible goal when I set it for myself. Mostly thanks to Litsy, I‘ve been doing more reading than I have in a long time. 📚❤️
So my goal is just to try and see if I can squeeze in 3-5 more books before the end of the year.

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick You're going to crush it! 2y
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Michellesibs
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Henrietta Lacks changed medical science yet most scientists don't know her name. The medication we take today is down to the progress medical science made through her immortal life, yet her own family can not afford doctors. I was upset and angry to read the authors note at the beginning, my fury and sadness only rose from there.

5 stars. Easily.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This book is excellent. 2y
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