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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rebecca Skloot  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Springfield, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Skloot was born in Springfield and lived there until she was ten years old. She now lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rebecca Skloot is an award winning science writer whose work has appeared in ''The New York Times Magazine''; ''O, The Oprah Magazine''; ''Discover''; and many other publications. She specializes in narrative science writing and has explored a wide range of topics. She has worked as a correspondent for WNYC’s Radiolab and PBS’s ''Nova ScienceNOW''. She and her father, Floyd Skloot, are co-editors of The Best American Science Writing 2011.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
ISBN: 1400052181

Broadway Books. 2011

Now an HBO® Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne


Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine of scientific discovery and faith healing and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • Entertainment Weekly #1 Nonfiction Book of the Year
  • New Yorker Reviewers Favorite
  • American Library Association Notable Book
  • People Top Ten Book of the Year
  • Washington Post Book World Top Ten Book of the Year
  • Best Book of the Year
  • USA Today Ten Books We Loved Reading
  • O, The Oprah Magazine Top Ten Book of the Year
  • National Public Radio Best of the Bestsellers
  • Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Book of the Year
  • Financial Times Nonfiction Favorite
  • Los Angeles Times Critics Pick
  • Bloomberg Top Nonfiction
  • New York magazine Top Ten Book of the Year
  • Favorite Book of the Year
  • Top Ten Book of the Year
  • Discover magazine 2010 Must-Read
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
  • Library Journal Top Ten Book of the Year
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year
  • U.S. News & World Report Top Debate-Worthy Book
  • Booklist Top of the ListBest Nonfiction Book
  • New York Times/Science Bestseller list
  • 21st Century Award in 2011 from the Chicago Public Library for

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Rebecca Skloot is represented exclusively by The Lyceum Agency. To book her for a speaking event, contact Miriam Feuerle at or by calling 503.467.4621.