My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What an amazing book!
I had never read anything like this so far. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks somehow manages to be, at the same time:
- a riveting popular science book about HeLa cells,
- a moving account of Henrietta Lacks’s and her family’s story,
- an earnest history book that masterfully covers both the story of racial segregation and medical research ethics in 20th century America,
- and finally, a beautiful account of the author’s own journey, from her obsession with finding what or rather who “HeLa” standed for when she first encoutered HeLa cells, to becoming a part of Henrietta Lack’s story.
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