This was a fascinating book. It could have been a short story; Henrietta Lacks led a narrow life, marrying, having a few children, and then quickly getting and dying of cancer. But something else happened. Her cancer cells were the first human cells to replicate rapidly and they were shipped here and there for study, for research, becoming one of the most studied cells in the world. Her family received nothing for these cells; in fact, most of her descendants don't even have health insurance! And her family, like Henrietta, was very poorly educated, leaving them bewildered about the nature of the cells themselves and Henrietta's role in history.Very intriguing story.