Shelf Talker Tuesday: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

“A story about modern day race relations masquerades as a medical ethics commentary and biography. Writing with sensitivity and remove, Rebecca Skloot highlights a fascinating medical marvel and a demographic of Americans that fails to benefit from the healthcare it has ushered in. Henrietta, whose cancer cells were taken during a routine operation in the 1950s and have since been the basis of medical research world-wide, is both the thread that holds the narrative together and the red herring in what is otherwise Skloot’s story about crossing race lines and encountering the ‘other’.”

This week, Shelf Talker Tuesday is in fact ShelfTalker Thursday. I’m sorry for the delay. Luke and I are in the process of moving and, between long car journeys and organizing our relocation, the blog has been a bit tardy. It’ll be a little chaotic over the next couple weeks, but I’ll be doing my best to stay with you.

Would you like to contribute a review for Tuesday Shelf Talker? If so, I’d love to hear from you. The shelf talkers are 2-3 sentence reviews of a book hand-written on card stock. They are a quick and nice way of hearing what someone has read and enjoyed (or not!), while paying homage to the staff recommendations you might find in a brick-and-mortar bookstore.

What book would you want to share with the world? Have you read any shelf talkers in bookstores that inspired you to buy the book? What was the book?

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