Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Library Journal announces its Inaugural Top Ten

Library Journal announced it's first Top Ten list of both fiction and nonfiction books that stood out as the best of 2010.  The list was compiled by librarians and book reviewers and are titles appropriate for a broad reading audience.  We have a couple of these titles in the UHS library and a few more on the way.  Stop by and see for yourself - these books are just waiting to be checked out by you :)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is one I find intriguing...Henrietta Lacks was a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells were taken without her knowledge and used for medical research.  In fact, sixty years after her death, Henrietta's cells are still alive today as they were the first "immoratal" human cells grown in culture.  Her cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine, cancer and virus research, and led to important advances in cloning, in virtro fertilization, and gene mapping - all unbeknownst to Henrietta's family, which violates all sorts of ethical and informed consent practices.  

Definitely one on Mrs. Fournier's to-be-read list!