RM Book Lounge – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

I’m not quite finished reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks but I can tell you that I was hooked within the first 20 pages.  This true story explores the legacy of a woman whose tumor cells, taken without her knowledge or consent, have revolutionized modern medicine while her children and grandchildren struggle for basic healthcare.  In this book, not only do the readers get to know Henrietta Lacks, but so does her family.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

“In “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” Rebecca Skloot introduces us to the “real live woman,” the children who survived her, and the interplay of race, poverty, science and one of the most important medical discoveries of the last 100 years. Skloot narrates the science lucidly, tracks the racial politics of medicine thoughtfully and tells the Lacks family’s often painful history with grace. Science writing is often just about “the facts.” ­Skloot’s book, her first, is far deeper, braver and more wonderful.” - Lisa Margonelli, The NY Times Sunday Book Review

“A thorny and provocative book about cancer, racism, scientific ethics and crippling poverty, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” also floods over you like a narrative dam break, as if someone had managed to distill and purify the more addictive qualities of “Erin Brockovich,” “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and “The Andromeda Strain.” More than 10 years in the making, it feels like the book Ms. Skloot was born to write. It signals the arrival of a raw but quite real talent.”Dwight Garner, The New York Times

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Elysha Schickel

After four years of college and creating many answers to the question “So, what next?” Elysha Schickel is starting to figure it all out.  An avid reader who is addicted to researching anything that sparks her interest, and who loves to spread her knowledge to everyone she knows, Elysha is thrilled that at RebelMom, she’s found a way to combine all these interests with her love of writing.   She’s a recent graduate of Providence College with a B.A. in Humanities.

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