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    January 22, 2010

    Quick: Get Free Copies of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (aka HeLa) – Limited Offer


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    Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.small.jpgOkay, so the blog has been a weeeeeee bit quiet during the insanity of getting the book to press, and the book tour organized, and The Henrietta Lacks Foundation started (more on that soon!), but that is all about to change.  After an invigorating few days at the fabulous ScienceOnline2010 conference (which others have so eloquently recapped here and here and here and here and many other places), I’m excited to liven things up here again. 

    And what better way to liven things up than GIVING AWAY FREE STUFF!  Yes, that’s right, there’s a limited time, there-until-they’re-gone free giveaway of copies of my book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks going on starting right ….. now.  So go here and request your copy before they’re gone!    

    Much other stuff to catch up on, which is coming soon. But for now, go get your free book!  And let me know if you win one (don’t worry and stay tuned – there will be other giveaways on select blogs soon …).

    8 Responses to “Quick: Get Free Copies of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (aka HeLa) – Limited Offer”

    1. Barbara A. Sanders says:

      I picked up the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on Saturday, April 3rd at the Baltimore Airport, because I needed an interesting, long book that would keep me company on my trip back to Mississippi. I had heard about the Lacks family and chose the book because it looked like an easy read. I must say that it is one of the best nonfiction books I have ever read. During my three months of traveling, reading has been my favorite pasttime, but before this trip I always chose fiction–it seemed to hold my interest, but I had decided that since fiction is not reality, I wanted more. Your book demonstrates that real life is more powerful and when well written like your book, it holds the interest. I just finished reading the last page this afternoon, Tuesday, April 6. It was so-o-o-o-o good. I hope your students take advantage of your expertise and your skill while they are in your class. You did a splendid job on the book.
      I am motivated to contribute to the Lacks fund for Henrietta’s descendants. And I hope I get to meet you someday in person. Do you think you will have a book signing in Jackson, Mississippi?

    2. Kristi says:

      Hi! I am a college student writing a research paper for my civil rights class about racism and its effects on medical ethics. My professor heard of your book and thought it would be helpful for my paper. I am hoping that your book contains information about the ethical issues which were overlooked when Henrietta Lack’s cells were first taken and used without her permission becuase she was an africian american. I am also using the Tuskegee syphilis experiment as an example of how science became shaped by racial beliefs instead of scientific fact and allowed researchers involved in the Tuskegee experiment to view their patients as inhuman.
      I would really love a free book to help me with this paper. My college does not have a copy and I tried to get it through EZborrow but had no luck! Thanks!

    3. Irimia Oana Iulia says:

      Hi… how can I get a copy of your book? I’m from Romania and I don’t know if it can be delivered here…

    4. Hi Teresa: Thanks for the interest. I just sent an email to your university address. The short answer is, you can follow the link in the post above to request a copy through this giveaway. But academics interested in using the book as part of a class can request a copy here: http://www.randomhouse.com/acmart/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781400052172 or by sending me an email. Glad you’ll be using the book!

    5. Theresa Harrison says:

      This sounds like a wonderful read and I would like to use this for my AP Bio and Bio 3-4 classes. Could you please let me know about the giveaway. Thank you. T. Harrison

    6. Hi Marilyn: Thanks for posting. This sounds like a wonderful event – thanks so much for including my book. I’m sure we can arrange for some books to give away. I’d be happy to try to work a stop in Williamsburgh into the tour if we can, or perhaps I could come another time. The schedule is filling pretty quickly, so let me know as soon as you have a date. I’ll email you about the book giveaway. Thanks for your interest, and for spreading the word about HeLa. Best — RS

    7. Our organization is planning a Health Breakfast this spring and the subject this year is cancers that affect African American Women. Dr. Renee Delahoussaye one of our members will review the book at the beginning of the breakfast.Then the program would present 4 doctors to present cancer information to the women. We are interested in a few copies of the book as door prizes and coupons for the women attending. We had over 80 women at our breakfast last year and expect to have about 80-100 this year. Our organization hosts the breakfast for the women who attend.
      I do see by your schedule you will be in our area in March and October. We have not confirmed the date of the breakfast at this time.
      Marilyn S Taylor, President of Greater Williamsburg Women’s Association

    8. dominich says:

      Well, I’ve asked, don’t expect they’ll ship to the UK though.
      I encountered HeLa when working on the IT end of building a cell bank and am fascinated to hear of the
      human story behind the cells.

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