July 26, 2022
9015 Grand Avenue
North Richland Hills, TX 76180
Nonfiction Book Club 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Meets monthly at 6 PM. Currently meets on Tuesday for summer. Book selections span diverse subjects like economics, current events, history, science, memoirs, etc. New members are always welcome!
July Reading Selection
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine: The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, which are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.
Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.