Books by Lori Andrews

"When octuplets are born in Houston, when a dead man fathers a baby in Los Angeles, when 'twins' of different races are born after a medical mix-up in Manhattan, whom are you going to call? Lori Andrews definitely is on the short list" says USA Today. Si

Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"Authoritative, important reading for policymakers and an unnerving reminder that anything you post can and will be used against you."
Unnerving narrative about the misuse of personal online information—without our knowledge—to track, judge and harm us in innumerable aspects of our lives. Read full book review >
IMMUNITY by Lori Andrews
Released: Sept. 2, 2008

"Strong characters and fascinating scientific details, but not enough tension to produce a real page-turner."
Unknown disease or deliberate poisoning? A geneticist looks for the cause of a deadly outbreak. Read full book review >
Released: May 17, 2007

"Andrews (Sequence, 2006, etc.) writes with breezy energy and fills Alex's world with appealing background characters and interesting details, though not enough surprises."
A complicated research project takes a murderous turn for a government forensic specialist. Read full book review >
SEQUENCE by Lori Andrews
Released: June 19, 2006

"Dedicated readers may relish exploring this unusual branch of the military, but not necessarily the impersonal story in which it's couched."
A suspenseful first novel from biotechnologist and nonfiction author Andrews (Body Bazaar, 2001, etc.) offers within a workmanlike plot an insiders' look into the armed-services pathology lab. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 13, 2001

"A chilling account, but Andrews and Nelkin's Luddite tendencies are as worrisome as the abuses they document."
Two academics sound the alarm against an invasion of the body snatchers. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1999

A disturbing but insightful look at the brave new reproductive world that is dawning. Anyone assuming civilization isn't poised at an important crossroads will think otherwise after reading this book. Andrews (Black Power, White Blood, 1996), director of the Institute for Science, Law, and Technology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, has been involved in just about every legal and ethical debate surrounding the murky, evolving world of reproductive technology since the first test tube baby was born—on the day Andrews passed her bar exam, by the way—and she knows it's complicated territory. She offers insights on cloning, in vitro fertilization, selling sperm and eggs, and selective genetics, in which parents can decide which babies to carry full-term. At one point Andrews poses as a woman interested in choosing sperm from a Nobel-winning scientist via Robert Klark Graham's Repository for Germinal Choice. Graham believes that a putative general decline in intelligence could be stemmed if the "more able" simply had more babies. Minor glitch: Andrews is single, and Graham's services are limited to married women. "I need your legal skills," he tells her. "Come up with a rule where I can give sperm to you, but not have to give it to an unmarried black woman." In the same chapter Andrews notes the lack of public health regulations stipulating how sperm must be stored. Remarks one California lawyer about Graham's operation: "If I wanted to open a sperm bank in the deli next to the pastrami, there would be nothing to stop me." This scary scenario only grows more plausible as Andrews demonstrates that reproductive law and funding are governed more by political expediency than rational thought. Remarkably free of techno-jargon, this fascinating premillennium primer cautions readers about the many legal and ethical potholes awaiting those who venture into such uncharted territory. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 1996

A moving journey through a black activist's turbulent life. Lawyer Andrews (Between Strangers: Surrogate Mothers, Expectant Fathers, Brave New Babies, 1989) chronicles the life and hard times of Johnny Spain, a Black Panther leader most famous for his part in the 1971 San Quentin Prison outbreak in which fellow Panther George Jackson was killed. Spain was the only defendant among the so-called San Quentin Six to be convicted. He had come up a hard road, the product of an affair between a black man and a married white woman in the postwar South, shunted off to live with a black couple in the Los Angeles ghetto. A bright student who ``read intensely, though rarely what was assigned in school,'' Spain fell in with a gang and began to commit ever more serious crimes, finally murdering a victim in a 1966 stick-up. At Soledad he met the charismatic George Jackson, who taught Spain martial arts and revolutionary theory. But Spain recognized Jackson for what he was: ``Johnny could read the message in his eyes: The man was a killer.'' Caught up in Jackson's intransigent politicking— and Andrews is good at translating the Black Panther Party's program for readers now far removed from those tumultuous times- -Spain and the other ``Soledad Brothers'' were moved to San Quentin, where Jackson was gunned down trying to escape. Two guards died as well, for which murders Spain was tried and convicted in a decision overturned years later. He became a model prisoner, mediating racial tensions and negotiating for the rights of his fellow inmates. Released in 1988, Spain now works as a community organizer in San Francisco. Andrews's prose is steeped in true-crime clichÇs, and her invented dialogues read as if written for a TV movie. Still, Johnny Spain's life story is so powerful, and so inspirational, that it overcomes its narrator's limitations. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) Read full book review >