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Oh, Henrietta

September 27, 2011

44th Street’s Ashley selected The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot as our next book club book and, trust me, it’s one you’ll want to read. In short: an African-American woman in 1950s Baltimore is diagnosed with cervical cancer and, unbeknownst to her or her family, her cells are used to kickstart the last half-century’s worth of cancer research. Skloot exploration of this event and its consequences (in terms of ethics, race, and history) is legitimately thrilling. Devour it this month and join us for a discussion at the Park Ave shop on Friday, October 24th.