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I’m in a book club.  Haha!  I mean seriously, it’s called “Lady Book Club.”  Because we mostly shun the presence of dudes, because we already have enough to say all on our own.  And if you want to get really technical, it’s allegedly called “Smarty Pants Lady Book Club,” because we had our first meeting the other evening, and boy are those girls smart!  All joking aside, it’s wonderful to be in a gathering of cool, intelligent, creative women, and I’m really looking forward to whatever adventures the Lady Book Club stirs up.

Our first book is kind of a doozy — we’re reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  We somehow ended up starting off with a nonfiction book, but because the story is so compelling (and because we wanted to read it before HBO and Oprah make it into a movie), we dove in.  And so far it’s pretty awesome.

An excerpt from the author’s website describes it like this:  Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.

I just thought I’d throw it out there in case any of y’all are looking for something to sink your teeth into, or want to keep up with our book club selections!  Let’s read, dudes.  xoxo

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  1. Maybe this is the ‘nerd’ coming out in me, but I would LOVE to read about Henrietta Lacks. I just studied a bit about HeLa, and think it would be very interesting to say the least!! Good for you!

  2. Oh my goodness – you have the most beautiful blog, ever. I’m so excited that you are in my life now. Was that creepy? Oh well. But really, you’ve got something really wonderful here!

  3. I’m with amanda: nerd time. This book sounds awesome, and I love a good nonfiction that actually holds the readers’ interest. It’s weird to think that something so juicy actually happened in real life… or maybe it isn’t, and my life is just boring. ha!

  4. I looooved this book! I bought extra copies of it for a few of my professors whose research relates to the topic. Very fascinating read.

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