frenchpony (frenchpony) wrote,
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The Hunger Games

I was on the phone with Little Sister Pony yesterday, and she mentioned that she is just snorking down the Hunger Games books like there's no tomorrow. I have to admit that I've never felt a particularly strong desire to read them, but maybe I should. Have any of you ever read them? Are they that good? Should I swing by the library and pick one up?

In return, I'll recommend The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It's nonfiction, but it's really good nonfiction. It's partially the story of the woman who died of cervical cancer but left behind the immortal HeLa cells that have contributed to a wild amount of scientific research, and partially the story of what happened to her family afterwards. The stories are just gripping, and everyone comes across as wonderfully human. There aren't any real villains, no one exploiting anyone for the sheer thrill of eeeeeeeeevil, just . . . garden-variety institutional racism, poverty, and miscommunication, a trio that's probably more insidious than all the mustache-twirling villains any of us could ever write.
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