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 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