Donnerstag 23.09. 10.30 Uhr

Let’s Read!

Group Meeting

Location: Zoom
Admission: Free
Language: English
Registration: Please register by September 21, adding the title of the event in the subject line, via anmeldung@daz.org

Are you an avid reader of American literature? Then join us for lively discussions about books by American writers, with a focus on contemporary authors. In each of our monthly sessions, we talk about a work of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry, or a play.

This month we are going to discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2011). The book tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer, whose cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine: The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, which are still alive today. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Save the date: the DAZ will be hosting members of the Lacks family in Stuttgart on October 7th for various events! 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Entertainment Weekly, O: The Oprah Magazine, NPR, Independent (U.K.), Times (U.K.), Publishers Weekly, Library Journal. In 2017, a motion picture adaptation featuring Oprah Winfrey was released on HBO.