Today's book teaser is from a New York Times bestseller.
Title: The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks
Author: Rebecca Skloot
The Lackses challenged everything I thought I knew about faith, science, journalism, and race. It's not only the story of HeLa cells and Henrietta Lacks, but of Henrietta's family - particularly Deborah - and their lifelong struggle to make peace with the existence of those cells, and the science that made them possible.
I found this book whilst waiting to meet someone in Waterstones and could not leave without it. It concerns one woman's quest to tell the story of Henrietta Lacks and the cancer cells that were taken without her knowledge and used to inform science, Nobel Laureates, and make fortunes, and the devastating consequences of this to her family. I am expecting it to be a difficult read but something in me says I must read it.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read.
- Open to a random page.
- Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others.
- Share the title and author too so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.
Today's WIP teaser comes from a novel idea that I'm playing with for a future project and occasionally add a few hundred words to.
As her thoughts turned to the long walk to the extraction point – she would have to walk several kilometres to circumnavigate the alien group she had been observing – she noticed one of the alien males heading in the direction of her camp and cursed herself for not seeing him earlier. The information the scientists had given her to study suggested alien males were territorial and she'd forgotten, like all the other mornings, that on this planet she was male.
Seeds Of Change (provisional title) is about one civilisations use of alien seeds to re-populate their dying species. But only their females can collect the seeds and they pay a heavy price - their DNA is re-sequenced so that they can inhabit the alien planet as males and the scientists are still looking for a way to reverse the process. What happens when the female heir to the planet's throne is re-sequenced and then captured by the indigenous population, only to find herself drawn to an alien male?
Have you got any books or stories you would like to tease us with?
Have you ever felt the need to read a book no matter how harrowing the content?