Thursday, June 10, 2010
Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Mizb at Should be Reading.
So here are my book finds for this Friday 11 June:
i)The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks:
A fascinating and moving story of medicine and family, of how life is sustained in laboratories and in memory. Henrietta Lacks was a mother of five in Baltimore, a poor African American migrant from the tobacco farms of Virginia, who died from a cruelly aggressive cancer at the age of 30 in 1951. A sample of her cancerous tissue, taken without her knowledge or consent, as was the custom then, turned out to provide one of the holy grails of mid-century biology: human cells that could survive--even thrive--in the lab. Known as HeLa cells, their stunning potency gave scientists a building block for countless breakthroughs, beginning with the cure for polio. Meanwhile, Henrietta's family continued to live in poverty and frequently poor health, and their discovery decades later of her unknowing contribution--and her cells' strange survival.
(Extract from Amazon Editorial Review)
ii) Red Hood Road-Ayelet Walman
A dense story of irreparable loss that tracks two families when the bride and groom are killed in a freak car accident hours after their wedding.
iii) A Note From an Old Aquaintance:
A thought provoking read. What would you od if an old love from the past re-enters your life? As well as being a love story there is also mystery, action and intrigue thrown in also.
Hope you enjoy my finds and perhaps add them to your Wishlist!