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English 201A: English Composition (Patchell): Book of the Year

Course guide for Thomas Patchell's ENGL 201A class, which focuses on the BOTY assignment.

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Cuesta College Book of the Year 2017

in partnership with SLO County Public Library SLO Reads Program

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

New York Times bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 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. It’s a story inextricably connected to the history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we’re made of.


2011 Life of the Mind book: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Further Reading

For more on Lacks

Henrietta Lacks

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The Henrietta Lacks Foundation

The Henrietta Lacks Foundation 



"The Breakdown in Biomedical Research," The Wall Street Journal, 4/7/2017:

"Immortal Cells, Enduring Issues," Johns Hopkins Magazine, 6/2/2010:

"Your Cells. Their Research. Your Permission?," New York Times, 12/30/15:

"The Immortal Cells of Henrietta Lacks," BBC World Service Podcast, 3/2/2017:

"Henrietta Lacks' family wants compensation for her cells," Baltimore Sun, 2/15/17:

"HBO sets air date for Oprah's film on Henrietta Lacks," Baltimore Sun, 2/14/17:

"Wider Racial Gap Found in Cervical Cancer Deaths," New York Times, 1/23/17:

"Henrietta Lacks further immortalized with portrait at Baltimore City Hall," Baltimore Sun, 12/1/16: