The Laws of Gravity is making BookBrowse readers cry! 20 out of 24 reviewers gave it 4 or 5 stars! Here is what they say about this emotional book that asks its readers to put themselves in the protagonists' challenging shoes:
I recommend you run...not walk...to the nearest bookstore to purchase this book. Yes, it is a real tearjerker but it has an important message. Cord blood is a new, technological advance that many of us are just becoming aware of. What do you do if someone could be saved by it and yet the intent was to save it for your own immediate family...as a just in case
? (Colleen L.) The Laws of Gravity
is spellbinding (Bobbie D.) If you like Jodi Picoult, this one is definitely for you (Darshell S.)
Many readers were drawn to the complex issues the book explores and could not put it...
Beyond the Book
At the heart of The Laws of Gravity
is cord blood - full of potentially life-saving cells. But what is it exactly?
is the blood left in the umbilical cord and the placenta after a baby is born and the umbilical cord is cut. Typically, this blood is discarded along with the cord and placenta. Cord blood, though, is full of stem cells, which are highly flexible cells that have the potential to become any specialized cell in the body. Because of this they can be used to treat various illnesses and genetic disorders, such as the leukemia that Nicole has in The Laws of Gravity.
According to the March of Dimes, over 70 diseases and disorders have been treated with stem cells from cord blood. However, as the March of Dimes also states, cord blood stem...