From the list on how technology is changing how we live.
Who am I?
I’m a journalist and a tinkerer. I’m fascinated not only by how things work but by how small levers can move mountains. Growing up in the workshop of my grandfather, an old Boston boatwright, I was mesmerized by the idea that a small rudder could maneuver a huge vessel. In college, I fell in love with how a small idea or expression could redirect a course of research or a country. As a self-taught maker of things, I appreciate how technologies empower us. I’ve chosen these books because they’re examples of how small ideas become things, lines of research, or patterns of thinking that shift human progress in unknowable ways.
Tim's book list on how technology is changing how we live
Discover why each book is one of Tim's favorite books.
Why did Tim love this book?
Eventually, I had to have a mainstream book, right?
This book is a masterpiece thanks to Ms. Skloot’s extraordinary writing and her clear empathy for her subject, the Lacks family. This is so much more than the revelation of a medical marvel—the Lacks cells that have led to so many medical discoveries.
This is a story about racial equity in the healthcare system, about personal privacy, and about the crusade by a family to have their ancestor’s contribution to medical science recognized…to have Henrietta memorialized not just as a one-of-a-kind aggregate of genetic material but as a woman.
Read this brilliant bestseller.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Why should I read it?
4 authors picked The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
With an introduction by author of The Tidal Zone, Sarah Moss
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells - taken without her knowledge - became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta's family did not learn of her 'immortality' until more than twenty years after her death, with devastating consequences . . .
Rebecca Skloot's fascinating account is the story of the life, and afterlife, of one woman who changed the medical world for ever. Balancing the beauty and drama…