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

One Book, One College 2017-2018

Rebecca Skloot

Rebecca Skloot

The following is excerpted from Rebecca Skloot's official bio on her website:

Rebecca Skloot is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Her award winning science writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; and many other publications.

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.

Becoming a Writer

"...One day, when I was getting ready to submit my applications for vet school, my writing teacher pulled me aside and said, Do you realize you’re a writer? And do you know there’s such a thing as a science writer?"

In the essay "Immortal Words," Skloot talks about how she wound up becoming a writer, and why she chose to write about Henrietta Lacks.

Articles Written by Skloot

Here are a few of the articles that Skloot has written in her career as a science writer.

Additional articles by Skloot are available on her website.

Articles About Skloot

These articles talk about Skloot's life and her writing process.

Additional articles about Skloot are available on her website.