We’ve just returned from the annual First-Year Experience conference in Denver, CO and among the many other wonderful titles featured in the Random House, Inc. booth this year was a brand-new hardcover that made a big impression: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
Who is Henrietta Lacks? Perhaps you’ve heard of her. Scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells–taken without her knowledge–became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years.
Already receiving tremendous buzz, this book has garnered many accolades and much attention from the common reading community. Says David J. Kroll, Professor and Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences at North Carolina Central University:
What is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks really about? Science, African American culture and religion, intellectual property of human tissues, Southern history, medical ethics, civil rights, the overselling of medical advances? . . . The book’s broad scope would make it ideal for an institution-wide freshman year reading program.
If you’d like to consider this book for your program, you’re in luck. Random House Academic is giving away five free copies! Comment for your chance to win! (Offer available only in the United States.)