Thorndike Press

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • Rebecca Skloot
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  • ISBN-10: 1594134324
  • ISBN-13: 9781594134326
  • DDC: B
  • Shipping Weight: 1.34 lbs ( .61 kgs)
  • 632 Pages | Paperback
  • Published/Released March 2011
  • Bestsellers



A New York Times Bestseller

Henrietta Lacks‚ a poor Southern tobacco farmer‚ was buried in an unmarked grave sixty years ago. Yet her cells — taken without her knowledge‚ grown in culture and bought and sold by the billions — became one of the most important tools in medical research. Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to East Baltimore today‚ where Henrietta’s family struggles with her legacy.


Customer Reviews

“Writing with a novelist’s artistry‚ a biologist’s expertise‚ and the zeal of an investigative reporter‚ Skloot tells an astonishing story of racism and poverty‚ science and conscience …”— starred‚ Booklist

— Booklist

“… remarkable … Letting people and events speak for themselves‚ Skloot tells a rich‚ resonant tale of modern science‚ the wonders it can perform and how easily it can exploit society’s most vulnerable people.”— Publishers Weekly

— Publishers Weekly