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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The UU Book Club

By Karon Winzenz                                           

Our book club will next meet at 1:30 pm on April 4 to discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, a non-fiction book about Lacks and the immortal cell line that came from her cervical cancer cells in 1951. The book is notable for its accessible science writing and for dealing with the ethical issues of race and class in medical research. The cells survive Henrietta and provide the vehicle through which her family comes to understand her continued presence in the world (Wikipedia). The author recounts the Lacks family’s often painful history with grace. Lynne Lees ( will be our hostess and discussion leader.

In May the Book Club will discuss The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht.