I finally climbed aboard the Henrietta Lacks bandwagon—only after seeing the book on the bestsellers list for sometime and noticing that over 800 people on both the Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s websites gave it an excellent review. And now, after reading a sample chapter, I decided to see what all the hype is about. I honestly didn’t expect to be this interested, but after only a day I’m already on page 100. That says a great deal. For those of you who haven’t fallen victim to the hype yet, please accept this snippet into your mental for Teaser Tuesday:
Henrietta knew nothing about her cells growing in a laboratory. After leaving the hospital, she went back to life as usual. She’d never loved the city, so almost every weekend she took the children back to Clover, where she worked the tobacco fields and spent hours churning butter on the steps of the home-house. Though radium often causes relentless nausea, vomiting, weakness, and anemia, there’s no record of Henrietta having any side effects, and no one remembers her complaining of feeling sick.
Back to reading, y’all.