OneBook CRC

2012-2013: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

2012-2013: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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The OneBook Project encourages the Cosumnes River College's entire campus and neighboring community to read and discuss a common book during each academic year.

The One Book CRC selection for the 2012/2013 academic year was
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
This book is available for checkout at the CRC Library.


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About the Book
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.


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