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Common Reading Program

2014 Common Reading Book

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

About the Program

Young Harris College’s Common Reading Pogram is designed to provide all new first-year students with a common intellectual experience to stimulate discussion and critical thinking, while also encouraging a sense of community among students, faculty and staff.

Each academic year, all new students at Young Harris College are required to read the Common Reading Program book before fall orientation. Books will be available in the Young Harris College Book Store during the START Orientation program sessions.

Previous Book Selections


READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline


No Impact Man by Colin Beavan


Zeitoun by Dave Eggers


Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream by Adam Shepard

For more information, email the Office of of Student Development or call (706) 379-5118.

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