When I posted the list for the Feminist Classics Book Club I’m participating in, I heard from a lot of Gender focus fans here and on Facebook with suggestions of their favourite books about feminism and gender. I’m taking it upon myself to read as many of the books you suggested as I can this year.
The first book I’ll be reading is Forbidden Passages: Writings Banned in Canada, in honour of Freedom to Read Week, which is coming up from February 20-26. Thanks to Claire M. for posting this suggestion on our Facebook page.
And to kick off the very informal Gender Focus book club, I’m giving away a hardcover copy of my favourite non-fiction book I’ve read in the past few months: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. From Skloot’s website:
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine.
Skloot’s book takes us through the lives of Henrietta and her family, who didn’t find out about the importance of her mother’s cells to scientific research until 25 years after her death. Skloot also explores medical history and ethics, issues around the exploitations of people of colour for medical research, and current legal issues surrounding the HeLa cells and tissue rights more generally. It’s one of the most informative and moving non-fiction books I’ve read in a long time.
If you live in Canada or the US, you can get two chances to enter this giveaway:
To enter once, comment on this post with your suggestion for Gender Focus book club of your favourite book about gender, sexuality, women, or feminism, and write a sentence or two about why you chose it. OR comment with what’s your favourite book and why.
To get a second entry, post the following on Twitter:
I entered to win the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks from @jarrahpenguin and http://gender-focus.com. RT to win!
You have until 5 PM (PST) on Friday, February 18th to enter. Good luck!