Rebecca Skloot is an award-winning science writer whose work has been published in The New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; and a lot more. She is specialized in narrative science writing and has explored a wide range of topics in Manhattan including goldfish surgery, tissue ownership rights, race and medicine, food policy, and wild dog packs. She has worked as a Radiolab correspondent for WNYC and Nova ScienceNOW for PBS. She and her father, Floyd Skloot, are co-editors of The Best American Science Writing 2011. On this site's Articles page, you can read a selection of the Rebecca Skloot magazine.
Henrietta Lacks' Immortal Life, the debut book of Skloot, took more than a decade to research and write, and instantly became a best-seller of the New York Times. She has been featured on numerous television shows, including CBS Sunday Morning, The Colbert Report, Fox Business News and others, and has been named by the Washington Post as One of Five Surprising Leaders of 2010. More than 60 media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, O the Oprah Magazine, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, People Magazine, New York Times, and U.S. News and World Report, chose Immortal Life as the best book of 2010; it was named The Best Book of 2010 by Amazon.com and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. It has won numerous awards including the Nonfiction Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, and two Readershook Choice Awards for the Year's Best Nonfiction Book and the Year's Best Debut Author. It has received widespread critical acclaim, with reviews in The New Yorker, the Washington Post, Science and many others. New York Times' Dwight Garner said, "I've put down the first book by Rebecca Skloot, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," more than once. Probably ten times. Just poke the fire once. A pinging BlackBerry once to be silenced. And eight times chasing my wife and assorted visitors around the house, telling them that I've been holding one of the most graceful and moving nonfiction books I've read in a very long time ..it's got brains and pacing and heart and nerve." See this site's press page for more reactions to the book.
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