The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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Pan Macmillan Australia, Mar 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NOW ADAPTED INTO A HBO FILM STARRING OPRAH WINFREY & ROSE BYRNE

"No dead woman has done more for the living . . . A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book" Hilary Mantel, The Guardian

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells - taken without her knowledge - became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta's family did not learn of her 'immortality' until more than twenty years after her death, with devastating consequences . . .

Rebecca Skloot's fascinating account is the story of the life, and afterlife, of one woman who changed the medical world forever. Balancing the beauty and drama of scientific discovery with dark questions about who owns the stuff our bodies are made of, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an extraordinary journey in search of the soul and story of a real woman, whose cells live on today in all four corners of the world.

PRAISE FOR THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

"One of the most graceful and moving non-fiction books I've read in a very long time" Dwight Garner, New York Times

"An extraordinary mix of memoir and science reveals the story of how one woman's cells have saved countless lives" Daily Telegraph

"A heartbreaking account of racism and injustice . . . Moving and magnificent" Metro

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User Review  - schufman - www.librarything.com

Blew through this book in one day; it got its hooks into me and didn't let go. Anyone who likes nonfiction should read this book. A complex story of race, ethics, science, law, and public opinion. Henrietta Lacks should be a household name, and we all owe her our gratitude. Read full review

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User Review  - villemezbrown - www.librarything.com

This book makes me a bit grumbly. After a decent start recounting the life of Henrietta Lacks and the genesis of the HeLa cell line, I got bogged down in the middle section as it seemed to jump around ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Rebecca Skloot is an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; Columbia Journalism Review; and elsewhere. She has also worked as a correspondent for National Public Radio and PBS.

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