Think about multiplying your reading experience when you join 2Book Topeka, our new community reading initiative. We are a reading community and have come together 11 times in the past to read the same book, talk about it and enjoy events. Think of 2Book Topeka as “big read” times two!
This summer we are asking everyone in Shawnee County to read two books about the core of what makes us human – our DNA.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot tells the story of a woman that scientists know as HeLa. Henrietta Lacks was a poor farmer, yet her cells–taken without her knowledge–became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine, uncovered secrets of cancer and helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning and gene mapping. These cells have been bought and sold by the billions.
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer is a novel about a future where humans despise clones. Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
9 ways to participate in 2Book Topeka
- Check out a copy of the 2Book Topeka books at the library
- Read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- Read The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
- Discuss either or both of the books with a group
- Attend a 2Book Topeka event
- Talk a friend into reading one of the books
- Share what you are thinking about after reading the books on your social media
- Read another book or article based on a topic of interest in the books
- View medical establishments with a new and healthy skepticism, re: your informed consent