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