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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tops everyone’s list, including Read It Forward readers. Check out just a handful of the rave reviews that have come in from members of our community!

“Hard to put down. I loved this book.”
-Debra Fish

“What a fantastic book! Ms. Skloot made non-fiction come alive, demonstrated the best in participatory journalism, captured the people behind science and shared the history of race in Baltimore. Bravissima!”

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“Great job. It’s a wonderful book. Kudos to all. Especially Ms. Skloot for staying true to Deborah’s wishes. Just plain wonderful.”
-Teri Whipple

“This is one of the best books I think I have ever read. It made me question so many things, and the way the story was told was gripping and I couldn’t put it down. It is so rare that someone reads a book and immediately knows that it goes into their top 10 books of all time. I have already recommended this book to almost everyone I know, and I can’t wait for a lot of my friends and family to finish so we can discuss science, philosophy, and social justice. Thank you so much for all of your dedication in bringing this story to life.”
-Colleen Murphy

-Laurie Blum

“This book was wonderfully written and amazing. I have often gone to John Hopkins and found the inside story fascinating. I am recommending this book in the store I work at to everyone who will listen.”

“I have been reading this book and it is amazing! The writing is so easy to read, pulls you into the story. Just amazing!”

“Excellent book!”
-Sue Hoffman-Wade

“I’ve worked in a lab with HeLa cells and looked forward to reading this book. It was great. I’ve passed the book along to co-workers and everyone is enjoying it. Very well written and an interesting read.”

“It’s amazing the things you find out when someone is intent on telling the truth. Excellent job. Wonderfully written.”
-Fran Marie

“I loved the book!”

“I too LOVED this book! It was very easy to read and fascinating! I learned so much!”
-Beth Burford Van Horn

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Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

  • Doris Feltes

    Amazing book!

  • Janet Nydegger

    I still have not read this book. I have heard so much about it.

  • Sheryll

    Was not sure if I would like it, but once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. Interesting, gripping and I just love a book that creates discussion. It is being passed around work, and is getting rave reviews.

  • Kris Becker

    What is my problem? I have heard nothing but good reviews on this book and I can not seem to get myself a copy….yet my interest has not waned.

  • Shirley

    Nothing but praise for this book. Got to read it!!

  • Ann Musgrove

    I am an avid reader of anthing and everything and yet I had never heard of this book until I saw it featured on this website.
    Now I am intrigued and will make evey effort to get myself a copy.

  • Micha

    It is dramatic. Scary. Because we know how it was for her. How it is now for her family. Her daughter. We can imagine the pain, the tragedy, the reasons scientists just wanted to use the cells and not to be asked questions, the fear of unknown, the superiority of “white” doctors in poor black communities. Still in 70-ies? Still in 2011? A great book for eyes opening. Hope it will bring relief to her family, also financially. To others in similar situation. Nobody to blame – it just happened here, it could have happened anywhere. People are after their goals…………

  • Heather

    An awesome book about the trials and problems that can be encountered in science and the consequences of what can happen. Thank you to Henrietta and her family for all their contributions to science. We could never be where we are now without Henrietta cells.

  • peacesun

    Our book club did this book a year ago and had a very lively discussion. I’ve seen articles in newspapers about the Lacks family and their heroic contributions to science. Informed Consent became a part of the form for all clinical trials as a result of this.

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