In the 1950s, a poor black woman was diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer , and samples of both her cells were taken. However, unlike any other cell line in history, her cancerous cells kept growing in culture, leading to … The herbal scent of mountain air, the click of heels on cobblestones, the taste of new olive oil: Mayes’ ability to capture the senses is truly remarkable. In the third volume of her Italian memoirs, this ex-pat guides us through the simple …

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