The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Tops Everyone’s List

This is the book on everyone's mind and at the top of everyone's list- find out why.

immortal life

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.

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.

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:

Read It Forward readers love this book!

Get recommendations for the greatest books around straight to your inbox every week.

Oprah magazine: Top 10 Books 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

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

Featured Image by Sirisak_baokaew/

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.

[email_signup id="4"]