I love to read and you must also, since you’re here! My 'currently-reading' list always includes a book I am reading as well as one I'm listening to. This blog, a labor of love and a constant work-in-progress, is a way for me to share my thoughts about what I've read; I'm not a pro but I am passionate! I have purposely not summarized plot lines because the people that do that professionally are so darn good at it. I hope you enjoy the opinions and musings you find here. Thank you for visiting!
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." Groucho Marx
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Well done, Rebecca Skloot! It takes a special kind of talent to turn a scientific process into a page-turner of a best seller and this talented author has done just that. While I recognize her talent, her research, and her tenacity, I didn't love this story. Perhaps because of my profession, the science-speak got old fast. Reading this was like being at work. That is by no means Skloot's fault and a less talented writer would have lost me in the first 25% but it made this one a struggle for me all the same. I found myself getting frustrated with all the -isms of Henrietta's family. I get mired in the 'pull yourself up by your bootstraps' kind of thinking, forgetting that it isn't always that easy. I wanted the Lacks relatives to get busy helping themselves and improve their lives. I kept hoping they would move past the injustice suffered by Henrietta and start making some moves of their own to address their circumstances. I admired Debra's attempts to do exactly that but was disappointed that she seemed to be the only one.