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Thursday, September 2, 2010

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" is the 2010-2011 Reading Project for the University of Wisconsin's Big Read.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is the book selection for the second year of Big Read, the University of Wisconsin common reading program.  University Chancellor Biddy Martin said that this year's book ". . . raises complex issues involving science, ethics, poverty, racism, ownership rights and the law."  These issues, as Martin correctly states, are worthy of discussion.

I'm looking forward to reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and participating in the conversation.  Events in the Madison, Wisconsin, area begin this September.   If you are interested in participating, or in reading the book on your own or with your book club, check out these links:

Book Information

Book Discussion Toolkit

Go Big Read Home Page

Last year's selection for the Big Read program was Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto


  1. The story, this book tells is amazing, it brought me both joy and sadness. It confirms the human spirit lives on long after we do. It is an easy read that will touch your heart. It will leave you grateful to Henrietta and proud to have had a small chance to see into her life. I found the book well written and easy to get to know the people involved, it allowed you to appreciate their lives and the hardships they had. I finished the book loving Henrietta Lacks, for her strength, hardships, sense of family, and mostly as an American hero.

  2. Thanks for your comments; a terrific recommendation for this book!