What’s your most memorable read, and why?
• Monifa D. Drayton, director of CMC-Huntersville, a Carolinas HealthCare System facility:
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot. Being in the health care field, it was amazing to travel back into a time when ethics, health care privacy and transparency – especially for people of color – were nonexistent, and how the cancer cells of one women, commonly referred to even in present day as HeLa cells, have been the basis for medical breakthroughs including the understanding and treatment of various cancers. Even in death, Henrietta Lacks continues to save lives, which is a profound contribution to medicine.
• Jim Alexander, chef-owner of Zebra Restaurant and Fine Catering, Charlotte:
“Kitchen Confidential,” by Anthony Bourdain. What made it so memorable was his ability to so vividly describe his culinary and life experiences. I laughed so hard I fell over.
“The E Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It,” by Michael E. Gerber. This book takes you through the life and struggles of a woman that owns a pie business, while identifying her struggles. It was like reading about myself. It gave me the courage to change my role in business. Celeste Smith