Posts Tagged ‘books’

Fabulous, yet scary book

January 26, 2012 2 comments

I’m in the final 10% of reading the book for my book club this month. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  Here’s the cover picture from Amazon:

Image from Amazon

It’s the story of how the HeLa cell line began and more importantly who Henrietta Lacks and her family were. At some point in the story one of Henrietta Lacks’ sons says something along the lines of

“Our mother is the most important woman in the world and we can’t even get health insurance.”

Indeed, I thought this book was going to be a science book — a story of who, what, how these HeLa cells came about in the lab. And it was a book like that. But it was so much more. Turns out its a social justice story: a story of a poor, black woman who happened to have cancer and what happened to her family. It’s a great read, but it does raise lots of scary questions.

Last month’s read was: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. Another heavy book, about a prisoner of war. Also a good read, but leaving behind the problems of making you think about issues.  I think I’m ready for a little short, fun book. Do you have one to recommend?

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Jumping Back Into this Space

August 25, 2010 1 comment

I started this blog and immediately got overwhelmed with life, so gave it up with just two or three posts published. I’m back: I think I’m ready to post a few days a week now. I’m anticipating writing about the miscellaneous in my life that doesn’t fit into the academic scientist professional part of my life.

It is summer here in Ice Station Zebra. Summer has been rather lovely: lots of swimming, reading with the kids, and just relaxing. (Only a week left until I officially go back to work).

My oldest child who is a very good reader. She’s reading above grade level and yet isn’t emotionally ready to read some higher level books. My younger child has recently begun to love the idea of chapter books being read aloud — one chapter leads to another and the story continues.

As a child I read Thorton Burgess’s stories. I lived in Massachusetts for a while, my grandparents lived in Boston. I can’t recall whether I was introduced to Burgess’s stories at school or at home, but I read many many of them. I remember visiting the nature center on the land he wrote about – either with school or scouts. The laughing brook was right there. So cool.

Jacket Cover from Macmillian Publisher

We are reading aloud Old Mother West Wind and 6 Other Stories (Children’s Thrift Classics)
right now. I’ll be honest: I wasn’t sure I wanted to let my  7 year old keep the book series on her shelf. What she doesn’t know is that from time to time I sneak them off her shelf so I can read them.