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RLBC: Discuss "Twenty-Six Seconds" by Alexandra Zapruder

Hy-Vee 4605 Fleur Drive, in the café. Another fabulous book discussion! Be sure to RSVP to!

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The moving, untold family story behind Abraham Zapruder's film footage of the Kennedy assassination and its lasting impact on our world. 

Abraham Zapruder didn't know when he began filming President Kennedy's motorcade on November 22, 1963 that his home movie would change not only his family's life but American culture and history, as well. Now his granddaughter tells the whole story of the Zapruder film for the first time. With the help of personal family records, previously sealed archival sources, and interviews, she traces the film's complex journey through history, considering its impact on her family and the public realms of the media, courts, Federal government, and the arts community. Part biography, part family history, and part historical narrative, Zapruder shows how 26 seconds of film changed a family and raised some of the most important social, cultural, and moral questions of our time.

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RLBC: Book Club Discussion of “"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot

This will be a Pot Luck gathering at 1107 45th Street Des Moines, Iowa. Please RSVP to and let me know what you plan to bring so we don't all show up with potato salad!



Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

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