The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The library’s Lion’s Paw Book Club meets Wednesday, Dec. 13th from 3-4pm in the upper level breezeway to discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

A New York Times bestseller that takes readers on an extraordinary journey, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks spans the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers filled with HeLa cells, from Henrietta’s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia, to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 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. It’s a story 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’re made of.

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