The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

We’ve begun receiving your suggestions for our 2011 One Read title! We’ll be highlighting some of these books here at so you can see what other community members are reading and enjoying. All of these titles will be considered by our reading panel.

First up is “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” Author Rebecca Skloot profiles a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells–taken without her knowledge–became one of the most important tools in medicine. The reader proposing this title says that it “will provide multiple subjects to discuss — cell research, medical ethics, religion, families and racism. It’s well-written, combining in depth scientific information with poignant details of a family’s struggle.”

Have a suggestion of your own? Let us know what you think our community should read in 2011 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile, or online at