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One Book, One Beaumont Community Discussion on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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Henrietta LacksThe Troy Public Library has partnered with Troy Beaumont Hospital for the Hospital’s first-ever reading event, One Book, One Beaumont. The public is welcome to attend and participate with Beaumont staff in a conversation about the thought-provoking book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.

Henrietta Lacks was a poor tobacco farmer who died of cancer at a young age, leaving behind a husband and small children. Doctors had taken cell samples from her without her consent — cells that never died, and ultimately were integral in developing the polio vaccine; uncovering the secrets of cancer and disease; and leading to breakthroughs in in vitro fertilization. 

This book explores the topics of bioethics and experimentation, while also remaining very much the story of the Lacks family.

There will be two discussions of this book at Beaumont Hospital: Tuesday, September 18, from 4 – 5:30 pm, and Thursday, September 20, from 7 – 8:30 pm, both in Classrooms 3 and 4. Registration is required. Click on the date of the session you wish to attend.

The Troy Library has copies of this book in several formats: hardback, paper, large print, ebook (downloadable to ereaders), and audiobook. Check one out and join the discussion.

For more information, please call the Troy Public Library at 248.524.3542.