The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Tops Everyone’s List

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Doctors took her cells without asking. Those cells never died. They launched a medical revolution and a multimillion-dollar industry. More than twenty years later, her children found out. Their lives would never be the same.

If you haven’t yet read the book everyone’s talking about, dive in to an excerpt of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a rare find: the kind of book you can give to anyone on your list. Fans of fiction, history, science – they will all love it. But don’t just take our word! The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tops everyone’s list:

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Amazon Editor’s Pick: Best Book of the Year

Oprah magazine: Top 10 Books of 2010

Discover magazine: Must Reads of 2010

NPR: Best of the Bestsellers 2010

Goodreads Choice Awards: Favorite Book of 2010. 7000 ratings (4.5 stars) and nearly 2500 rave reviews

Here’s what some of the most respected book reviewers in the business are saying about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks:

“One of the most graceful of moving nonfiction books I’ve read in a very long time.”
-Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“Immortal reads like a novel.”
-Eric Roston, The Washington Post

“Extraordinary.”
The New Yorker

“A fascinating read and a ringing success.”
-Douglass Whynott, Boston Globe

“I could not put the book down.”
-Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly, Grade: A

“Gripping…made my hair stand on end.”
-Denise Grady, New York Times

“Moving…a real life detective story.”
-Steve Silberman, Nature

rebecca skloot Read more about the fascinating backstory of this extraordinary book from Rachel Klayman, editor of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

  • Tiffany (As For My House)

    Sounds like a great read!

  • Heather

    This books looks great, can’t wait to read it.

  • Kris Cassady

    Sounds like a great story!

  • Cindy

    I have read this fascinating book and shared it with others. The style makes it very easy to read, yet the content will stay with you long after you close the book.

  • Jocelyn

    I am lookig forward to reading this book

  • Lisa Champaigne

    pick me please

  • Sabrina

    Heard great things about book. Can’t wait to read it

  • Charity Parise

    This book looks very intriguing. I can’t wait to read it!

  • Patricia LeBarron

    I would really like to read this book!

  • Amy

    I’m so excited to read this — I’ve known vaguely about the cell line for ages, but thought HeLa stood for Helen Lawrence — and I’ve wondered from time to time about the real story.

  • Pam

    As a teacher, so many of the teachers, parents, and students are talking about what a great read this book is. I am very excited to see for myself!

  • cindy elliott

    I woould love to read this book!

  • vicky mock

    I have seen this book on here before. It looks good. I’ve entered before and never wona a book. I’d like this one. thank you. Vicky Mock

  • chris lachapelle

    Sounds really interesting

  • Debby Huskey

    This book sounds like it would be great! I would love to win so I can read it.

  • Sunnymay

    Sounds fascinating that one body could go so far to further science. Now there’s informed consent and people are given the option of whether to assist science on a limited or unlimited basis.

  • Sheryl

    Sounds like a fascinating story and a great read. I am adding it to my to-be-read list.

  • Carol Ann

    sounds interesting

  • Pamela

    I have heard so much about this book. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for this program.

  • Brittinae Dralle

    I would love to read to read this book and pass it on. As a future teacher, I have heard so many good things about this book.

  • Sharon

    I didn’t even know anything about the book or that is was non-fiction when I requested it from my library. When i started reading it, I asked my husband (a scientistic minded person) if he knew what HeLa cells were. Of course, he did. Did he know where they came from? Helen somebody or other. I was able to spread the correct story. What a great book!

  • Shirley

    Looks like a great read for these cold snowy nights

  • Christine Womack

    This is a book that sounds like it would be a fascinating one to read. Kind of like a mystery: which cells were taken, why were they taken, what difference has it made in the lives of her children, etc. I would love to learn more by reading this book.

  • Donna

    I would so love to read this wonderful book, went to my local library and it was not available,would love to receive this book!

  • Pat Rachkiss

    As an English teacher, I loved Ms. Skloot’s style. She has made what could have been a very dry non fiction book a very enjoyable read. I could not tear myself away from this book! I’ve recommended it to science teachers and numerous students at school, and to many customers in the bookstore where I work part time.
    As a cancer survivor, Mrs. Lacks’ story brought me to tears. Without the HeLa cells used in research, my cancer may not have been identified. The world owes a debt to the Lacks family, and to Ms. Skloot for telling the story.

  • kris

    This book is such a great read. Espeically for anyone who has taken a biology class. To be able to relate what we use everyday in class study to an acutal person’s life was amazing for me. Well written to keep your attention, too.

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