15 March 2012

The Time Will Come #7

The Time Will Come is a fantastic meme hosted by Books For Company where we can feature those poor books that we brought, put on the shelf, and haven't (yet!) read.

All you have to do is:
- Pick a book you have been meaning to read
- Do a post to tell us about the book
- Link the post in the linky
- Visit the other blogs!

It's been a few weeks since I participated in this meme, but I love the idea of giving a spotlight to those books that keep getting pushed down my TBR!

Published: January 2010 by Crown Publishing

Pages: 370 (hardcover)

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.

I love reading non-fiction, and this book has been recommended to me so many times.  I did start reading it a while ago but it was at a time that a very close family member was fighting cancer and I think it struck a little bit too close to home.  Now I think I'm ready to be more subjective, and I do aim to read this before the end of 2012!

What's lurking on your shelves?  Is there something you've tried to read before but definitely intend to go back to?

1 comment:

  1. I've heard such great things about this book. I need to add it to my TBR list! I hope you get to it soon!

    My TTWC



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