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The BC Reads! Selection Committee has selected for 2013-14: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot as our common book. The Library Media Center invites you to read the book and join college-wide conversations about its themes.
||The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2009), a New York Times Bestseller, is the decade-long work of award winning science writer, Rebecca Skloot. In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, you will read about Henrietta Lacks, a poor black tobacco farmer and the journey of her cells, known as HeLa. Taken from Henrietta in the 1950s without her knowledge, HeLa cells have enabled scientists to generate vaccines against polio, techniques for cloning, and provided the foundations for gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and countless other advances. Meanwhile Henrietta's children have struggled to make ends meet, learning years later about the cancerous cells taken from their mother and the profits being made from discoveries based on Henrietta's biological material.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks explores the science and scientists behind HeLa cells as well as the social and economic repercussions on Henrietta's family, the medical community, and the world at large. This broad reaching book weaves together medical ethics, issues of race, the scientific process, health care, and social services through accessible terminology and an engaging story line.
Copies of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks are available for checkout, in print, and on eReader from the LMC. Supplementary materials can be found on the The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks LibGuide. And, as always, the LMC staff and librarians are available to assist anyone wanting to further research the issues brought up in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
BC Reads! Selection Committee:
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Wilma Dougherty/ Librarian (chair), Lee Buxton, Donna Cowan, Arline Davis, Angela Hildre, and Sarah Knox
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Feb. 18, 2014