"The paradoxical virtue of reading lies in distancing ourselves from the world so that we may make sense of it."
"Walking the stacks in a library, running your finger down the spines — it’s hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits."
#immortal life of henrietta lacks
#summer reading list
I just finished reading this, after it sat on my bookshelf for several years. I will say, and not lightly, this is one of the best books I’ve read in the last couple years and I would put it on my top ten list of my life. It could be because my interest in biology/health and how it intertwines with sociology is growing stronger as I continue researching OR it could be because it was an extremely well-written, thoroughly researched touching, yet depressing, factual journey that touched my heart. If I ever have the pleasure to teach a Sociology of Health class, this will be my main reading assignment for the course because its a story that everyone needs to know. What’s the most upsetting is that these racial injustices continue to exist within the healthcare system and society as a whole.
If you have any interest in biology, health, race, or sociology, please do yourself a favor and read this book.
|Me:||I'll just read to the end of this chapter and then I'll go to sleep.
|Book:||Don't leave me.
|Me:||*stays up forever*