The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

immortalWhat would we have done without Henrietta Lacks? Her cervical cancer cells were taken without her knowledge or consent… and have led to some of the most important discoveries of modern medical history. A riveting and moving read full of biographical information about Henrietta and her family, raw with observations about racism and oppression and bursting with opportunities to consider the ethics of informed consent and medical research. An incredible true story. Did you know that your tissues could be being used in medical research right now? Intimate, informative and compelling…

I like to read lots of books at the same time. Sometimes I try to make sure they are complementary in some way. If you like the idea of exploring a different aspect of slavery alongside or after this book, I recommend any of Toni Morrison’s incredible books – particularly the heartbreaking Beloved – inspired by the true story of an African-American slave and adapted into a film starring Oprah Winfrey.

Kirsten, Mile Cross Library

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