Win a FREE copy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks!

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.)


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8 responses to “Win a FREE copy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks!

  1. Raymond

    would be interesting to read up on a part of history i know very little of

  2. Denise Halel

    The Immortal Life sounds like an important book for college students. Most of my students are freshman, young minds just waiting to be engaged and challenged. The many subjects this book touches on is something that I have been looking for.

  3. I read a review of this book in the New York Times recently. I was disturbed by the subject matter… the notion of this woman’s cells proliferating like crazy after her death, and hundreds if not thousands of scientists benefitting from it, without acknowledging her, is just… well, freaky. More so, considering the racial dynamic in play. But I have to say that this book is very appealing as a prospective OneBook common read because in joins issues of science with history and culture. That’s rare, and, OneBook programs tend to privilege humanities-themed books over books that might appeal to the sciences, engineering and other areas. At UT Arlington, we try to be mindful of this and always seek out books that may speak to diverse constituencies on campus. I will be definitely putting this book on my list of books to consider for our common reading program.

  4. Kim Harris

    This book made our first cut for consideration for our 2011 Common Reading. It brings together a variety of issues that would make it an interesting read. I look forward to reading it for myself!

  5. R. Luce

    Looks to be a fascinating read and timely topic given the scientific advancements of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Great opportunities to discuss research ethics, parallels to Tuskegee, genetics, epigenetics, stem cell research, Gattaca, social policy intersecting advancement in science, and the human genome. Bill McKibben wrote an interesting book, Enough, asking questions that may also apply to this story. I look forward to reading it.

  6. Lara Little

    I am on our FYE team and I will definitely look at this as a common reader possibility!

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  8. Michell

    I am very interested in promoting this book for our 2011 common book. I would love to hear how it is received at schools who are adopting it for the fall.

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