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Genres :Non-Fiction , Science , Biography , Biography & Memoir
Published By : Crown Publishing Group
Published On : Feb 02, 2010
ISBN : 1400052173 (ISBN13: 9781400052172)
Format :Hardcover
Language :English
No. of pages : 370
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    “Like the Bible said,' Gary whispered, 'man brought nothing into this world and he'll carry nothing out. Sometimes we care about stuff too much. We worry when there's nothing to worry about.”
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    “She's the most important person in the world and her family living in poverty. If our mother is so important to science, why can't we get health insurance?”
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    “But I tell you one thing, I don't want to be immortal if it mean living forever, cause then everybody else just die and get old in front of you while you stay the same, and that's just sad.”
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    “When he asked if she was okay, her eyes welled with tears and she said, Like I’m always telling my brothers, if you gonna go into history, you can’t do it with a hate attitude. You got to remember, times was different.”
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    “Black scientists and technicians, many of them women, used cells from a black woman to help save the lives of millions of Americans, most of them white. And they did so on the same campus—and at the very same time—that state officials were conducting the infamous Tuskegee syphilis studies.”
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  • 5 

    Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and Petri dish politics.

    Jan 01, 2010 Read full review
  • Ms. Skloot writes with particular sensitivity and grace about the history of race and medicine in America.

    Feb 02, 2010 Read full review
  • Henrietta Lacks deserves to be remembered, as does Deborah Lacks. Rebecca Skloot has provided the tombstone that Henrietta’s family could never afford. This true account is at its best when paying tribute to a woman whose life, in death, has benefited countless individuals worldwide.

    Feb 02, 2010 Read full review
  • Writing in plain, clear prose, Skloot avoids melodrama and makes no judgments.

    Oct 05, 2009 Read full review
  • As Skloot skillfully weaves together the stories of Henrietta, the evolution of her immortal cells and the reactions of her family members, readers will find themselves entranced.

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