2012 Book Selection
The 2012-2013 One Book, One Campus book selection was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Award-winning science writer Rebecca Skloot tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer, whose cells were taken without her knowledge. Her cells became the first "immortal" human cells grown in culture and are still alive today. They have become the most important tools in medicine, vital to the development of the polio vaccine; uncovering secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb's effects; and helping to lead important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping. All this, and Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown.
Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences.