The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (OBOC 2017-2018)

One Book, One College 2017-2018

The Book

An official Reader's Guide for this book is available on Skloot's website and is a good place to start your exploration of the book.

The Lacks Family

The surviving members of the Lacks family launched this website after The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was published. The website is maintained by Henrietta's son David "Sonny" Lacks, Jr.

The Foundation

The Henrietta Lacks Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides funds to individuals who have been subjects of scientific studies either against their will or without their knowledge, or to the surviving descendents of such individuals.

The foundation was created by Rebecca Skloot. Skloot donates a portion of the profits of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks to the foundation.

Skloot's Writing Process

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is not told in chronological order. Instead, it uses three interwoven narratives. In this video, Rebecca Skloot talks about why and how she structured the book in this way.

More videos about Skloot's writing process are available on her YouTube channel:

In addition to these videos, you may also be interested in the following interviews, in which Skloot describes some of the decisions that she made while writing The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks:

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