My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A fascinating true story of Henrietta Lacks.
Before I read the book, I knew very little about Henrietta Lack, a poor African-American woman who died of cancer in the late 50’s. During treatment at John Hopkins, some of her cervical cells were harvested for testing and to see if they could be reproduced in a lab. The cells are still reproducing to this day and have been used in many of the great medical breakthroughs of the past 50 years.
But Henrietta and her family have been, tragically, forgotten to the pages of history.
Rebecca Skloot spent ten years following the threads of the story to bring together this fascinating portrait of Henrietta, her family and the medical community that has used her cells for so long. Skloot makes the medical sections of the book easily accessible and tells the story of Henrietta and her family with dignity, respect and honesty. What you end up with is a non-fiction work that is easily as fascinating, compelling and absorbingly readable as any of the best fiction on the market today.