Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Book Club picks

Our monthly book club met this week and we had a full house!  We gabbed about our lives, the book, and more - always fun to catch up!  I really liked our dessert - sticky buns ala mode!  I typically avoid desserts in my regular life, which makes book club even more fun and special because I actually splurge on dessert!  We talked a little about our book, the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot,.  but since a few folks didn't read it or didn't finish (including me, but I read enough to hold a conversation).   The discussion wasn't as robust, and we didn't go through the  book club questions for this month.  I felt like the author did a terrific job in conveying the story not only of the cells and their contributions to science in layman's terms, but also in telling the tale of the family and how the mother's death affected the children.  She also told the story of tissue sampling, and traced the history and advances in scientific discovery quite clearly.   Her efforts in research and interviewing, and persistence, helped get Henrietta Lacks' story out.  She has also promised to channel some of the money from the book to the Henrietta Lacks Foundation to provide scholarships to her descendents.
We picked books for the next 2 months - first book up is The Pact: A Love Story (P.S.) and the 2nd book is Cease to Blush, an imported book.  I'll update the virtual book club page this week - it's got some issues and for now, it seems easier to just post on the blog page.

If you have any future suggestions for book club picks, feel free to post them.  We're always looking for a great read!

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