Common Read at UM-Flint
Click here for more information about the Common Read Program
Follow the Common Read conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #umflintREAD
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
About the Author Rebecca Skloot
Rebecca Skloot is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. She specializes in narrative science writing and has explored a wide range of topics, including goldfish surgery, tissue ownership rights, race and medicine, food politics, and packs of wild dogs in Manhattan. You can read a selection of Rebecca Skloot’s magazine writing on the Articles page of this site.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Skloot’s debut book, took more than a decade to research and write, and instantly hit the New York Times best-seller list, where it has remained for more than two years since its publication.
The Immortal Life is being translated into more than 25 languages and adapted into a young reader edition. It is also being made into an HBO movie. 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 financed her degrees by working in emergency rooms, neurology labs, veterinary morgues and martini bars. She has taught creative writing and science journalism at the University of Memphis, the University of Pittsburgh, and New York University. She currently gives talks on subjects ranging from bioethics to book proposals at conferences and universities nationwide.
Skloot lives in Chicago. She is currently working on a new book about the human animal bond, which you can read more about here.
--bio courtesy of rebeccaskloot.com--