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"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

By Rebecca Skloot (Crown: 384 pp., $26) More than a decade in the making, Skloot’s first book is both biography (the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose cells are still used in medical research half a century after her death) and social history, an investigation of the intersection of medical research, racial politics and family life.