August Book Discussion

Books for August are: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt: A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that remind him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America, and a drama of almost unbearable acuity and power. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot: Henrietta Lacks, an African American mother of five, was undergoing treatment for cancer at Johns Hopkins University in 1951 when tissue samples were removed without her knowledge or permission and used to create HeLa, the first "immortal" cell line. HeLa has been sold around the world and used in countless medical research applications, including the development of the polio vaccine. Science writer Skloot, who worked on this book for ten years, entwines Lacks's biography, the development of the HeLa cell line, and her own story of building a relationship with Lacks's children. Full of dialog and vivid detail, this reads like a novel, but the science behind the story is also deftly handled.

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  • Bella M.

    Sorry folks I am working from home today so won't make it into town for this ... as for the books I thought the immortal life of Henriette Lacks was incredible and fascinating even if I don't agree with what happened to her, gave the book a 10, I am only part way through the goldfinch (43%) and am finding it throughly boring, not only have I noticed a couple of errors I just can't get into the characters at present I would give it a 4 but am still hoping it will get better.

    August 28

  • leonie

    here is an article re the Goldfinch for your consideration­

    August 16

  • leonie

    The Immortal too much of a hard lacks story for me (yes someone had to go there) but enjoying the Goldfinch

    August 13

  • Cathy

    Here are some discussion questions for this month's books:­­

    July 29

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