Review of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

Lamond-Riggs Library

Review of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks She may not have discovered the fountain of youth, but the essence of Henrietta Lack, a poor black mother of five from Baltimore, goes on to this day. The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks tells the compelling true tale of HeLa cells, and the amazing gift they were to science. HeLa cells were the first human cells scientists were able to reproduce in a lab, and boy did Henrietta's cells reproduce! They even went into outer space. The cell were named HELA because of the labeling of the first sample--HEnrietta LAcks. Yet the woman herself went unknown, unthanked and uncompensated for her contribution to the medical and scientific world.

In fact, Henrietta Lack’s legacy was so well hidden that for most people this book was the first time they ever heard her story. Fortunately, author Rebecca Skloot has helped bring Henrietta’s story to light in a well-written, fascinating tale. This is a must read, whether for Black History Month, Women’s History Month or just because it’s a great book about a unsung American hero–-enjoyable any month! This is highly recommended as a book club selection.