Sonoma County Library


Book discussion - Book links

BackAll books

 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a biography of the eponymous heroine and her offspring. There are her children, and their children, all reared in poverty and too often without health insurance. Lacks's world-changing cells, meanwhile, have been lavished with attention and money by scientists around the globe for nearly twice her lifetime. The story raises questions about bioethics and leaves a reader wondering who should benefit from scientific research and how it should be conducted. In the words of Lacks's youngest daughter, Deborah: 'If our mother cells done so much for medicine, how come her family can't afford to see no doctors?'" -- Eric Roston, The Washington Post