Between the Lines Book Club: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

between the lines book club logoTomorrow (April 27) we’ll be meeting at Arden Dimick Library at 10:30AM to discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.

The Immortal Life is about real people. Rebecca Skloot worked closely with the Lacks family in writing the book. Knowing about their mother’s cells has had a major impact on the family. Where are they now?

The family is currently engaged in an argument regarding the recent HBO movie starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. Some members of the family are happy with their current situation. Many of them give public speeches, for which they are paid, and others have benefited from the Henrietta Lacks Foundation. Five family members were hired as consultants for HBO during the making of the movie.

However, other members of the family have never been happy with the way things turned out financially after the book because a hit. Among them are Lawrence Lacks, Henrietta Lack’s son, and Lawrence’s son, Ron. They feel that they have been treated unfairly and that the movie paints the family in a negative light. Lawrence and Ron plan to take legal action. As of this date, the issue is up in the air.

You can read more about the feud at The Washington Post or the Baltimore Sun.

Sadly, Deborah Lacks died of a heart attack in 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

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