Rebecca Skloot Biography

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot has so far been very interesting to me. Even though I do not read often, the first fourteen chapters of this book have really made me want to know more. Rebecca Skloot has actually won many awards for the writing of this book. In 2010 she won the Chicago Tribune Heartland prize for nonfiction, the 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Award for Excellence in Science Writing. The awards continued to come in 2011 when Rebecca Skloot won the 2011 Audie Award for best Non-Fiction Audiobook, and a Medical Journalists’ Association Open Book Award. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was actually featured on over 60 of the critics’ best of the year lists. I think for this being her first book and winning all of those awards is really fascinating and that she accomplished something really big. In this book she names a lot of people and it is hard to keep up with all of them, but a couple of people stand out to me. The first person who stood out to me would be her daughter, Deborah. The reason for this is because while she was being interviewed she mentioned everything that went on with her mother used to make her sick to where she would have to take medicine,…show more content…
As I continue reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks it makes me question why some of the people treated her the way they did. Like how Doctor Gey would only care about taking Henrietta’s cancerous cells for research rather than help her. It also has me wondering about what is going to happen in the remaining chapters and how everything will end up with Henrietta’s family. I think if Rebecca Skloot wrote another book similar to this I would read it because of how interested I am in this one. As for recommending this book, yes I would. I think this book is very interesting and informative with the things that went on in Henrietta’s
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