Publisher: 2010, Broadway Books
Lexile Measure: 1140L
This novel, a New York Times Bestseller, describes the life, death, and cellular afterlife of an African American woman, Henrietta Lacks, who died of cervical cancer in 1951. Her cells, taken without her knowledge, divided like none others before and became a vital medical tool still in use today. Despite the millions of cells bought and sold since then, her family received neither monetary compensation, thanks, nor understanding of what the cells really are and how they are used.
This book tells Henrietta’s story and discusses the race relations and medical practices that shaped, and continue to shape, her family.