Henrietta Lacks won my non-fiction Book of the Year last year, along with Nicholas Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn's Half the Sky, an outstanding work of reporting about women around the globe. I read it before I began writing in depth reviews, but here is the brief paragraph that I did put in my journal:
Undoubtedly one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read! Rebecca Skloot tells the story of the first cells that researchers were able to replicate in a lab; but she does it with such humanity that it transcends a mere science book to become a biography of a family, a social commentary of a time, and a thoughtful look at the dawning days of medical ethics and privacy. This book made me laugh, cry, shout in anger, and stand up and cheer. For those that might hesitate to pick it up for fear that the biology might be over their head, fear not! Skloot does a masterful job of making what could be very tough subject matter extremely accessible. This book is my top non-fiction pick for 2010.
Prior to my friend's enthusiasm, Henrietta Lacks was the most stolen title in Shelfari's Play Book Tag's most recent book swap. After my friend shared her personal interaction with The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, I purchased a copy to share with another reader. If you are interested in being added to a random drawing and possibly receiving this copy of this book, just leave a quick note below. There are no added requirements, such as becoming a blog follower.
I will choose, through a computerized random selection program, a winner on Friday, 10 June 2011. The winner will have one week to notify me via email of their physical address. If I do not receive an address by 17 June 2011, an alternate winner will be chosen. This book is literally packed up and ready to go, just waiting for the winner's address-I'd love for it to be yours if you are eager to see what all the buzz is about.