The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot

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Like the Bible said,’ Gary whispered, ‘man brought nothing into this world and he’ll carry nothing out. Sometimes we care about stuff too much. We worry when there’s nothing to worry about.

But I tell you one thing, I don’t want to be immortal if it mean living forever, cause then everybody else just die and get old in front of you while you stay the same, and that’s just sad.

She’s the most important person in the world and her family living in poverty. If our mother is so important to science, why can’t we get health insurance?

When he asked if she was okay, her eyes welled with tears and she said, “Like I’m always telling my brothers, if you gonna go into history, you can’t do it with a hate attitude. You got to remember, times was different.

Some things you got to release. Gary said. The more you hold them in, the worse you get. When you release them, they got to go somewhere else. The Bible says He can carry all that burden.

I keep with me all I know about you deep in my soul, because I am part of you, and you are me.

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Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave – Sibel Hodge

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Trafficked: Diary of a Sex Slave is a novella purely written to raise awareness in human trafficking. Being an important subject, I just wish it were written better.

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Book description from Goodreads:
My name is Elena and I used to be a human being. Now I am a sex slave.
If you are reading this diary then I am either dead or I have managed to escape…

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Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave is a gritty, gripping, and tear-jerking novella, inspired by real victims’ accounts and research into the sex trafficking underworld. It’s been listed as one of the Top 40 Books About Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges.

It is estimated that 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year – 80% of these are women and girls. (Source: U.S. Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report: 2007)

Twelve Years a Slave – Solomon Northup

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Life is dear to every living thing; the worm that crawls upon the ground will struggle for it.

I could not comprehend the justice of that law, or that religion, which upholds or recognises the principle of slavery…

Really, it was difficult to determine which I had most reason to fear—dogs, alligators or men!

And what difference is there in the colour of the soul?

I had not then learned the measure of “man’s inhumanity to man,” nor to what limitless extent of wickedness he will go for the love of gain.

The Water Diviner – Andrew Anastasios and Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios

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This novel, I mean the actual book, tells the complete story of The Water Diviner and is based on the original screenplay by Andrew Anastasios and Andrew Knight but the book is written by Andrew Anastasios and Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios. It is usually done the other way around. Anyhow, it’s inspired by true events found within personal accounts and official records from the First World War.

A favourite line from the book:

The bone-chillingly cold air is still. Silent.