I rarely, if ever read non-fiction, which is why I made one of my reading challenges to read 10 non-fiction books. I selected my first non-fiction book based on recommendations from a couple of different friends, most notably, Karen. It did not disappoint.
Henrietta Lacks died of cancer in 1951, but the hospital took a tissue sample of her tumor, and it just so happened that those cells began to grow, first in one lab, but eventually in thousands of labs, all around the world. Her cells helped develop the polio vaccine and AIDS treatments. Her cells went into outer space, were blown up in nuclear weapons, and were cloned in experiments.
But, her family was poor, and didn't know for many years, that their mother's cells continued to live, long after her death. The book is a sort of detective story. The author forges a bond with Henrietta's daughter, and they work together to uncover the story of Henrietta's remarkable, unwitting contribution to science.
As non-fiction books go, this was really compelling. A non-fiction page-turner. I'd recommend it without any hesitation.