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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.


'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks ' NEW YORK TIMES #1 BESTSELLER 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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 1509877029. OCLC Number: 1019631332


The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks /
ISBN: 1400052181. OCLC Number: 326529053

Crown Publishers,. .

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of--From publisher description.