And no it's not porn or even the Art of Wicca, although.....
Sorry lost my train of thought!
Anyhoo I am in a book group and our book for March is
This book is about Henrietta Lacks, who scientists refer to as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who had her cells taken from her without her knowledge. They were the first "immortal" human cells grown in culture. Amazingly they are still alive today.
I had never heard anything about this book up until now. Once I found out it had a lot of science and cell talk I cringed.
I first looked at the library and had no such luck. Since this is a fairly new book they do not house many copies and the few that they do have were checked out. I found out the waiting list for this was as long as my arm, so I was not thrilled that my only option was to purchase this book. I ended up at Borders because sadly we don't have a Barnes and Noble which is usually my first choice. I read that Borders has filed bankruptcy but luckily for me the stores in Iowa are not closing, whew!
I ran into the bookstore and asked for some help finding it. The gal told me it was going to be located in Biology. I know I looked at her with a blank stare because I have never gone to the Biology section of a bookstore in my life!
I was happy to see there was 1 copy left. I think the only thing I do know about Science is how to spell it. As I recall, I barely made it through biology in 9th grade because of the frog dissection. I was partnered up with a kid that I swear skinned cats in his backyard and would talk about how much he loved dead things! As much as I begged to switch lab partners I was not allowed to and I prayed every day that I would not bump into this kid in an alley or say anything to piss him off! Once my 9th grade year was over, I found myself yet again in a science room and this time it was chemistry. I thought I would rather stick a needle in my eye repeatedly then learn the periodic table. I'm pretty sure I lasted through the first week of chemistry and then found out that I didn't need it to graduate, so I said, "adios!"
I am so hoping my excitement of getting out of Science doesn't backfire while reading this book!
What I can tell you about the book is that it isn't what I thought. It is about a family. They aren't just some cells but there is a person attached to those cells and getting to know about her and her family has been fascinating! I'll let you know more when I finish the book! So I guess just because a book is in a section you wouldn't normally gravitate towards doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a fair shake! I'd love to know if anyone has read this or is reading this!
I found this clip about the book. I even heard that Oprah is making a movie of this. Should be interesting. At least no expenses shall be spared since she has more money than God.
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