Saturday, February 23, 2013

Book Cub.

Today Tami hosted book club at her house.  We ready "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot.  The book is about how we got the HeLa cells that are used in medical research today - they launched a medical revolution but where taken without permission {not to mention the $$$ made by everyone but the family}.   We discussed if it was right or wrong to take the cells without asking Henrietta or her family;  I don't think it was wrong that Johns Hopkins hospital kept her cells for research - and certainly don't think it was a racial thing either.  We did discuss at length how a lot of what happened was because of a lack of education which is still persistent in the family today - and how that cycle is hard to break {supposedly some of the money from the sales of this book are going to an education grant for the family}.  I do want to add that I did not like how the author put herself in the book - personal opinion!
Thanks Tami for a great discussion and yummy breakfast.
I will give the book three stars out of five - interesting.

Next we are reading "The Uncommon Reader" by Alan Bennett.