So about 5 years ago or so Fez and I were at Costco looking at the book stacks. I got him
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. He read it and said it was great. I always found something else to read.
When I was in my first year of college I took one biology class. I was considering pre-med and thought hey I should probably consider a high level course and see if I am as good at this stuff as I was in highschool (which was pretty ok ... brag zone... sorry). And that must have been where I heard about HeLa Cells. Can't imagine hearing anywhere else about it. Anyways... I heard back when the book came out an interview and discussion about all the research and what went into the book and I honestly thought the book would be a downer.
Soooooo, when we are watching a show on HBO and see that Ms. Oprah has a movie version of the book coming out I figured I better get to reading already.
I am loving it. Really truly loving it.
I am at about the mid point in the book. I really don't want to write too much about what is happening as I don't want to "spoil" it for anyone that hasn't read the book or is waiting for the movie. But I am truly riveted. Something that I didn't expect whatsoever. I thought oh sure this will be a investigative medical journey and really it's a history lesson in race relations, medical investigation, medical research, family dynamics. This book... dare I say it... has it all.
Sex, drugs and juke joints. (well at least in the first part) not sure about the second.
Its a fascinating journey through dare I be so bold to say... our country's history. It's a pretty bold statement I know... but take it from me... it's really a great read and I know once I watch Ms. Oprah's version of the book the viewing will be too.
But I have to finish the book before I watch the movie. That is my rule.
I am hoping to finish it this week... I will post when I am done.