The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Paperback)

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    REBECCA SKLOOT is an award-winning science writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; and many others. She is coeditor of The Best American Science Writing 2011 and has worked as a correspondent for NPR’s Radiolab and PBS’s Nova ScienceNOW. She was named one of five surprising leaders of 2010 by the Washington Post. Skloot's debut book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, took more than a decade to research and write, and instantly became a New York Times bestseller. It was chosen as a best book of 2010 by more than sixty media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, People, and the New York Times. It is being translated into more than twenty-five languages, adapted into a young reader edition, and being made into an HBO film produced by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball. Skloot is the founder and president of The Henrietta Lacks Foundation. She has a B.S. in biological sciences and an MFA in creative nonfiction. She has taught creative writing and science journalism at the University of Memphis, the University of Pittsburgh, and New York University. She lives in Chicago. For more information, visit her website at, where you’ll find links to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.


    ISBN 9781400052189
    Format Paperback
    Pages 381
    Publisher Date 2011-03-08 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Broadway Books
    Copyright Year 2011
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 0.95 lb
    Language English
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Skloot, Rebecca

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      This book is an important glimpse into the state of "modern" medical treatment in this country in the mid-20th century, & it should be read, not just by students of medical history, but by everyone who takes for granted their easy life & quick access to the best medical care today. It is an excellent weaving of the scientific & the human sides of a heartbreaking story.

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