In The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks (Crown, $26), Rebecca Skloot skillfully weaves the story of a poor black tobacco farmer treated for cervical cancer in the 1950s with the persistent controversy of tissue ownership and the sale of biomedical products. The effect of Henrietta’s “immortality” on her Baltimore family, especially her daughter Deborah, will resonate with readers. Skloot carefully balances Henrietta’s story with the history of biomedical research connecting the unauthorized use of Henrietta’s cells to contemporary biomedical conundrums. Without her or her family’s knowledge, Henrietta’s cell line, called HeLa, were disseminated widely in the scientific community and employed for countless experiments. This is at once a moving personal story, an astounding piece of journalism, and an absorbing yet lucid look into the world of scientific research.

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ISBN: 9781400052172
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Published: Crown - February 2nd, 2010

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ISBN: 9781400052189
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Published: Crown - March 8th, 2011

Longtime residents of New Orleans, Kathy and Abdulrahman Zeitoun are Muslims who run a successful paint and repair business. As warnings of Hurricane Katrina mount, Kathy decides to evacuate, but her husband, known as Zeitoun (Random House, $15.95), refuses to leave.  Instead, feeling called to stay and watch over the couple’s many rental properties, he readies his second-hand canoe. His wife and their four children depart, and the family is split in the hurricane’s aftermath. Dave Eggers deftly recounts this uniquely American story, too amazing to be fiction, of Katrina and of a Muslim man attempting to make his way in military-controlled New Orleans.

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ISBN: 9780307387943
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Published: Vintage - June 15th, 2010

Economics is often perceived as a coldly rational and theoretical analysis of numbers. However, before he wrote the The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith explored The Theory of Moral Sentiments. He understood that, whether buying a house, choosing between romantic attractions, or participating in the current economic crisis, we, as individuals and as a nation, are making subtly imperceptible comparisons and choices that create a curious logic behind our human behavior. By exploring our emotions and the marketing gimmicks that exploit them, Dan Ariely’s insightful and fascinating Predictably Irrational (Harper Perennial, $15.99) provides case studies and illustrations which clearly place economics in the realm of social science.

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ISBN: 9780061353246
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 27th, 2010