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February Book Discussion - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skoot

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she 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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  • Cindy

    Very good discussion about a very interesting book. Really enjoyed the meeting.

    1 · February 12, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm still thinking about last night's comments. Great discussion!

    1 · February 11, 2015

    • Lisa S

      Agreed Karen ;). What a powerful book that was to read...you start thinking in so many different directions. I believe Leslie was the first to suggest it, but it was so long ago I don't remember when we discussed it. I am so glad we put it on the list.

      February 11, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss this one. Had to change my rsvp now that something has come up. Interesting book on many levels.

    February 9, 2015

    • Lisa S

      See you for the next one Jennifer!

      February 11, 2015

  • Colleen

    Sorry girls, I have to miss this month. I am sicker than a dog and don't want to get you guys sick. Hope you have a good night!! See you next month.

    February 10, 2015

    • Lisa S

      Hi Colleen sure hope you feel better! The flu is definitely making the rounds.

      1 · February 11, 2015

  • Julie F.

    Sorry for the late notice, but I think I'm coming down with something so you're better off without me!

    1 · February 10, 2015

    • Lisa S

      Missed you Julie! Hope you feel better.

      February 11, 2015

  • Natasha

    Still stuck at work! So sorry, I was looking forward to seeing everybody and having a good discussion. Miss you, ladies!

    February 10, 2015

    • Lisa S

      Sorry we missed you Natasha. Hope you feel better!

      February 11, 2015

  • Patti

    Another great discussion

    1 · February 11, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry going to be out of town.

    February 9, 2015

  • Tracey

    Unfortunately, I just found out I will have to miss this Tuesday. See you next month.

    February 9, 2015

  • Lisa

    See you Tuesday!

    1 · February 6, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed reading Henrietta's story and wish I could hear others' comments, but I have company arriving Tuesday. Enjoy!

    1 · February 6, 2015

    • Lisa S

      Thanks for letting us know Karen! Enjoy your get together on Tuesday ;).

      February 6, 2015

  • Lisa S

    Hello Everyone! Just a reminder that this meetup is a week away. If you don't think you will be able to attend please adjust your RSVP so that others on the wait list might be able to attend. Thanks!!!

    February 4, 2015

  • Natasha

    For those who have already finished Henrietta Lacks book, may I suggest Michael Crighton's Next as a complementary read? Though a fiction, not a documentary, it raises the same issue of cells ownership and ethics of cell research.

    January 29, 2015

  • Julia

    Lisa, did you mean January's book discussion for the title? You have the date scheduled for January, but the title as "February book discussion".

    April 21, 2014

    • Lisa S

      Yes I did. I was switching around a few of these in Jan/Feb/Mar to try to have a balance of a lighter read, then a heavier one for Feb, then back to lighter for Mar and missed changing the date on this. Good catch.

      April 21, 2014

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