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We are a group of black women who love to read, want to read more and meet like-minded women. We are here to inspire women to read, share literature, fellowship, and encourage others in the joy of reading. We meet in Sacramento, CA the second Saturday every month, currently rotating meeting spaces every month. We are an eclectic group of women and so are our reading selections. Find out more on our website http://www.mochagirlsread.com

If you are media, please email Mocha Girl Dindi at media@mochagirlsread.com

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Book Club Meeting: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Book Synopsis: About the author: Book Synopsis Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine: The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, which are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave. Henrietta’s family did not learn of her “immortality” until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family—past and present—is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of. Over the decade it took to uncover this story, Rebecca became enmeshed in the lives of the Lacks family—especially Henrietta’s daughter Deborah. Deborah was consumed with questions: Had scientists cloned her mother? Had they killed her to harvest her cells? And if her mother was so important to medicine, why couldn’t her children afford health insurance? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ We will be meeting on Zoom. - - - - - - - - - - - Looking forward to seeing you all there! P.S. If you don't finish the book, come anyway!! (If you don't mind hearing about the end.) - - - - - - - - - - - ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85354579025? - - - - - - - - - - - Looking forward to seeing you all there! Buy the book from your local Bookstore (most will give you a book of the month discount)

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