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Nonfiction Book Club

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

2022-09-29 19:00:00 2022-09-29 20:00:00 America/New_York Nonfiction Book Club Come to the Nonfiction Book Club to learn about interesting information and true stories! We will meet via Zoom on the last Thursday of every month. Online - Zoom Room 1

Thursday, September 29
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2022-09-29 19:00:00 2022-09-29 20:00:00 America/New_York Nonfiction Book Club Come to the Nonfiction Book Club to learn about interesting information and true stories! We will meet via Zoom on the last Thursday of every month. Online - Zoom Room 1

Online

Zoom Room 1

Come to the Nonfiction Book Club to learn about interesting information and true stories! We will meet via Zoom on the last Thursday of every month.

Whether you are very familiar with nonfiction or only read it occasionally, this book club will have something for you, as we will cover a variety of topics, from biographies to science to self-help.

This month's pick is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. A description of the book provided by the publisher reads, "Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of."

Find The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in the catalog!

AGE GROUP: | Adult |

EVENT TYPE: | Books & Reading |

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Phone: 301-475-2846

Hours
Mon, Oct 03 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Oct 04 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Oct 05 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Oct 06 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Oct 07 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Oct 08 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Oct 09 Closed

Upcoming events

Mon, Oct 03, 5:00pm - 5:15pm
Register with an email address to receive the link to a trivia game and test your knowledge! The game is multiple choice questions and speed matters!

Tue, Oct 11, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join fellow crafters who love all things fiber - virtually! Registration is required (with an email address). You'll receive an email with a link to join the Zoom meeting before the program.

Thu, Oct 13, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Zoom Room 2
Join us virtually as Barb Whipkey, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Lexington Park and LaPlata, MD, shares lots of fall bird feeding tips with us.

Thu, Oct 13, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Zoom Room 1
Join us each month to discuss Becky Chambers' Wayfarers Series. This month, we will be discussing book 2, A Closed and Common Orbit

Mon, Oct 17, 5:00pm - 5:15pm
Register with an email address to receive the link to a trivia game and test your knowledge! The game is multiple choice questions and speed matters!

Canceled
Wed, Oct 19, 9:00am - 11:00am
St. Mary's, Calvert, and Charles Counties are collaborating on a joint partnership with the Maryland Department of Labor. Join us for monthly virtual classes relating to employment and training.

Canceled
Wed, Oct 19, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. Mary's, Calvert, and Charles Counties are collaborating on a joint partnership with the Maryland Department of Labor. Join us for monthly virtual classes relating to employment and training.

Wed, Oct 19, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Zoom Room 1
Each month we will discuss a different romance novel. All books will be available in both eBook and audiobook format on Hoopla. October's Title is The Black Lily by Juliette Cross

Mon, Oct 24, 5:00pm - 5:15pm
Register with an email address to receive the link to a trivia game and test your knowledge! The game is multiple choice questions and speed matters!

Tue, Oct 25, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join fellow crafters who love all things fiber - virtually! Registration is required (with an email address). You'll receive an email with a link to join the Zoom meeting before the program.

Thu, Oct 27, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Zoom Room 1
Come to the Nonfiction Book Club to learn about interesting information and true stories! We will meet via Zoom on the last Thursday of every month.

Mon, Oct 31, 5:00pm - 5:15pm
Register with an email address to receive the link to a trivia game and test your knowledge! The game is multiple choice questions and speed matters!

Mon, Oct 31, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Zoom Room 1
Dr. James Gibb will discuss burials in cemeteries.