Summer Reading: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cancer cells became one of the most important tools in medicine. Rebecca Skloot takes the reader on an extraordinary journey in search of Henrietta’s story in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Why it’s fun summer reading: We know we’ve already featured this book on our blog several times, but that’s because it remains a staff favourite. (The Reading Across the Pond book group liked it too.) It’s an incredible story and quite the page-turner!

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