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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The way Skloot blends all three of these elements in this account are what makes this an immensely readable account.  The bare facts of the science, while interesting, are not news, but Skloot does a good job putting the bare facts in layman's terms without seeming to talk down to us.  She presents the story in a way that unfolds like a mystery--why is Henrietta Lacks immortal, and why …
posted a Quick Tip about Oprah Winfrey. January 07, 2012
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I can't say I'm a fan. I respect that she was able to rise up from a childhood no one should ever have to endure, and she's a longtime champion of literacy and a cunning businesswoman. But during the last decade, she's been caught getting swept up in too many bad trends, and she's taken a life as a ubiquitous pseudo-spiritual guru which she appears to be taking a bit too seriously.
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel (Random
In the tradition of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, or the film Last Chance Harvey, Helen Simonson tells the story of Major (ret.) Ernest Pettigrew, a fine old English gentleman doing his best not to fade away since his wife died 6 years ago. He loves his home and village, and regrets the decline of old traditions. As the novel opens, he is struggling to come to terms with the death of his brother, …
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel (Random
In the tradition of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, or the film Last Chance Harvey, Helen Simonson tells the story of Major (ret.) Ernest Pettigrew, a fine old English gentleman doing his best not to fade away since his wife died 6 years ago. He loves his home and village, and regrets the decline of old traditions. As the novel opens, he is struggling to come to terms with the death of his brother, …
reviewed A Visit from the Goon Squad. March 04, 2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
   Because I am dragging myself through a list, The 2011 Tournament of Books, in order to impose a challenge and to experience some other tastes in literature, I didn't abandon this book as I would have done.      It's enough like The Imperfectionists that I couldn't stop comparing it unfavorably as I slogged through. As a collection of short stories, few …
reviewed The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. February 17, 2011
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
   The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is the story of the medical and scientific progress brought about with the help of the longest-surviving cell line in history; it's also the story of the woman who unknowingly contributed those cells to research, and the effects of that contribution on the woman's family      Rebecca Skloot spent years with the story of …
reviewed The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic St.... February 17, 2011
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
   I am the grandchild and great-grandchild of white immigrants to America who came from southern and eastern Europe. This is not my ancestors' story. But it is a story of moving from one homeland to another seeking a better life for oneself and one's children, and of how the "old country" is never truly left behind - and in that respect, it has elements in common with …
reviewed Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoi.... February 17, 2011
Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of
Almost ten years ago, I read Caroline Knapp's memoir of dog ownership Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs, which explored, among other things, her relationship with her shepherd mix Lucille. I wasn't too far from being a single (divorced) woman with a dog myself, so I was intrigued by the story.   In many respects, though, Caroline and Lucille belonged to a "pack …
reviewed Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel. February 13, 2011
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel (Random
This book has been on my wishlist for months, and I finally got a paperback copy as a Christmas gift, and then of course I was reluctant to start the book because I was afraid it woudn't live up to the build-up. Thankfully, my fears were unfounded as this gem of a book more than lived up to the hype.    This beautiful story about finding love a second time around amid the complications …
reviewed Freedom: A Novel. February 10, 2011
Freedom: A Novel
Too many of the pivotal scenes in Freedom have a ridiculousness to them. They are just real enough that the characters seem in earnest, but sufficiently unreal that they seem to be part of a joke. The book is infused with politics, but Freedom is never clear in revealing whether Franzen is trying to parody or to portray “intellectual” lefties who bungle basic economic ideas. Nor can I …
posted a Quick Tip about Freedom: A Novel. February 09, 2011
Freedom: A Novel
I'm just not a Franzen fan. This is my second attempt and I can't find a toehold in his work. Am I the only one??
posted a Quick Tip about A Visit from the Goon Squad. February 09, 2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
Loved the book - however i wish I hadn't read it on a Kindle and opted to own a copy instead. I wanted to flip back and forth through the book's timeline and that was hard to do!
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reviewed The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biogra.... December 10, 2010
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
   Screw the suspense, I’m just going to start with this: If you are going to read one work of nonfiction this year (or in the next five years), make it The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee’s breathtaking “biography of cancer.” Framed by the story of his own experiences with cancer patients, Mukherjee sets out to “enter the mind of this immortal …
reviewed A Visit from the Goon Squad. December 10, 2010
A Visit from the Goon Squad
   Lovers of the linear narrative and start-at-point-A-and-end-at-point-B story beware! Jennifer Egan is back, and she’s not messing around. A Visit from the Goon Squad is a collection of interconnected stories (a format I have grown to love) that move back and forth in time, from one character to the next and back again, and appear in first-, second-, and third-person narration. …
reviewed Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment .... December 07, 2010
Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment to Walk the
   I love this type of memoir --  journeys of self-discovery, rigidly planned adventures into the unknown, uncharted soul.These journals detailing the progress and process of the adventure are part documentary and part voyeurism.  I couldn't pass Living Oprah up.      Robyn Okrant set out to do, buy, try and believe everything touted by Oprah for an entire …
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As another reviewer noted, I worked with HeLa cells in the late 70s and people in the lab knew at least the donor's name at that time, so when I saw this book appear on the market, … more
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