Read It Forward Readers Love The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Our ever-wonderful community reviews Rebecca Skloot's novel taking the world by storm.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tops everyone’s list, including Read It Forward readers. Check out just a handful of the rave reviews that have come in from members of our community!

“Hard to put down. I loved this book.”
-Debra Fish

“What a fantastic book! Ms. Skloot made non-fiction come alive, demonstrated the best in participatory journalism, captured the people behind science and shared the history of race in Baltimore. Bravissima!”

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“Great job. It’s a wonderful book. Kudos to all. Especially Ms. Skloot for staying true to Deborah’s wishes. Just plain wonderful.”
-Teri Whipple

“This is one of the best books I think I have ever read. It made me question so many things, and the way the story was told was gripping and I couldn’t put it down. It is so rare that someone reads a book and immediately knows that it goes into their top 10 books of all time. I have already recommended this book to almost everyone I know, and I can’t wait for a lot of my friends and family to finish so we can discuss science, philosophy, and social justice. Thank you so much for all of your dedication in bringing this story to life.”
-Colleen Murphy

-Laurie Blum

“This book was wonderfully written and amazing. I have often gone to John Hopkins and found the inside story fascinating. I am recommending this book in the store I work at to everyone who will listen.”

“I have been reading this book and it is amazing! The writing is so easy to read, pulls you into the story. Just amazing!”

“Excellent book!”
-Sue Hoffman-Wade

“I’ve worked in a lab with HeLa cells and looked forward to reading this book. It was great. I’ve passed the book along to co-workers and everyone is enjoying it. Very well written and an interesting read.”

“It’s amazing the things you find out when someone is intent on telling the truth. Excellent job. Wonderfully written.”
-Fran Marie

“I loved the book!”

“I too LOVED this book! It was very easy to read and fascinating! I learned so much!”
-Beth Burford Van Horn

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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 TimesIt 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.

About Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

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