The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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Crown/Archetype, Feb 2, 2010 - Science - 368 pages
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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.

 

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This book has already been lauded and reviewed to the moon and to the garbage can, which is where I think it should go. The story, as Skloot tells it, has already been told in articles and, briefly ... Read full review

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This is definitely on the short list of books that changed my life. The author weaves a tale that simultaneously provides a fascinating look at racial injustice and anti-Blackness in the history of ... Read full review

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Contents

The Woman in the Photograph
1
Deborahs Voice
9
The Storm 1951
89
Strangest Hybrid 19601966
137
The Most Critical Time on This Earth Is Now 19661973 44
145
The HeLa Bomb 1966
152
Night Doctors 20co
158
The Fame She So Richly Deserves 19701973
170
Zakariyya 2000
241
Hela Goddess of Death 20002001
250
All Thats My Mother 2001
261
The Hospital for the Negro Insane 2001
268
The Medical Records 2001
279
Soul Cleansing 2001
286
Heavenly Bodies 2001
294
Nothing to Be Scared About 2001
297

Part Three MMORTALITY
177
Its Alive 19731974
179
Least They Can Do 1975 9
191
Who Told You You Could Sell My Spleen? 19761988
199
Breach of Privacy 19861985
207
The Secret of Immortality 19841995
213
After London 19961999
218
A Village of Henriettas 2000
232
The Long Road to Clover 2009
305
Where They Are Now 3
311
Afterword
324
Acknowledgments
329
Notes
338
Index
359
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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 RebeccaSkloot.com, where you’ll find links to follow her on Twitter and Facebook. 

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