Host: Sarah Lusardi
Date: September 27th, 2011
Book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Food Theme: Foods that cause or prevent cancer. (Or so they say . . .)
Ooooooohhhhhh! What a great book. Informative, educational, great characters (do you call real people characters in non-fiction?), fascinating story, unbelievable history of medicine, public health and the advancement of science and ethics in medicine. I absolutely, completely recommend this book. I don't know if it was the nerdy hospital employee in me, the wanna-be science nerd, the inner-social-worker, or just the regular Art Therapist that I am, but this book satisfied my many personalities.
Overall, the book club gave this book 12 thumbs up (or so I think, feel free to chime in here BC'ers if I'm speaking for you inaccurately). Skloot does a nice job balancing the historical scientific narrative with the biographies and voices of Henrietta Lacks' family members. A fascinating read into the evolution of science, ethics, confidentiality (HIPPA anyone?), and the rights of patients and their family members.
A bittersweet tale. Well written and a bit mind-boggling.
On a lighter note, the food for BC this month was on the healthier side:
Sushi, cabbage slaw, green salad, *healthy* chips, guacamole/salsa, and . . . . Costco Red Velvet Cake!!
Yellow #5 and Red #6.
Anna Stuppi was missed from Book Club this evening, but we managed to meet as a group just one short week later for pizza and beers at Lanesplitters. What a lovely group of women.
October Book: The Magician's King, by Lev Grossman (Sequel to The Magicians. We thought it appropriate for Halloween.)