The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Author(s): Rebecca Skloot


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poorblack 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 cellshave been bought and sold by the billions, yetshe 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."


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Selected for More than Sixty Best of the Year Lists Including:
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"New York Times" Notable Book
"Entertainment Weekly" #1 Nonfiction Book of the Year
"New Yorker "Reviewers' Favorite
American Library Association Notable Book""
"People "Top Ten Book of the Year
"Washington Post Book World" Top Ten Book of the Year Best Book of the Year
"USA Today "Ten Books We Loved Reading
"O, The Oprah Magazine" Top Ten Book of the Year
National Public Radio Best of the Bestsellers
"Boston Globe" Best Nonfiction Book of the Year
"Financial Times" Nonfiction Favorite
"Los Angeles Times "Critics' Pick
"Bloomberg" Top Nonfiction
"New York "magazine Top Ten Book of the Year Favorite Book of the Year Top Ten Book of the Year
"Discover" magazine 2010 Must-Read
"Publishers Weekly" Best Book of the Year
"Library Journal" Top Ten Book of the Year
"Kirkus Reviews" Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

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.

General Fields

  • : 9781400052189
  • : Random House USA Inc
  • : Random House Inc
  • : January 2011
  • : 201mm X 132mm X 25mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Rebecca Skloot
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : 311
  • : 362.19699400
  • : 381
  • : illustrations