Rebecca L. Skloot (born 19 Sep 1972, Springfield, Illinois) is a freelance science writer who specializes in science and medicine. Her first book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010), was one of the best-selling new books of 2010, staying on the New York Times Bestseller List for over 2 years, eventually reaching #1 and optioned to be made into a movie by Oprah Winfrey.
Rebecca is the daughter of poet, novelist, and essayist Floyd Skloot and Betsy McCarthy, a professional knitter and pattern book author. Skloot said "in the Pacific Northwest, [her] roots [are] half New York Jew and half Midwestern Protestant." She got her high school diploma from Metropolitan Learning Center in Portland, Oregon. After attending Portland Community College and becoming a Veterinary Technician, she received a BS in biological sciences from Colorado State University, and an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a former vice president of the National Book Critics Circle. She has taught creative writing and science journalism at the University of Pittsburgh, New York University, and the University of Memphis. She lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her long-time boyfriend, David Prete, an actor, author, and theater director...
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