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Read the important book that’s topping many school lists. 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. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years.

In the following video clip, author Rebecca Skloot sits down to discuss the inspiration, impact, and process that went into The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

The paperback edition of the book releases on March 8, 2011.

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Here is the book trailer for The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore, which is now available in paperback! The video is drawn from Moore’s recent talk to from Philadelphia-area students. Help spread the word about Wes and his inspirational story by sharing this video with a colleague today.

Waiting for “Superman”, the new documentary from Davis Guggenheim, Academy Award-winning director of An Inconvenient Truth, examines the current state of public education in America, and, according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, “is going to create sense of outrage, and a sense of urgency” (“Schools, the Disaster Movie,” New York Magazine). Following the stories of five children from around the country, the film features interviews with luminaries at the forefront of education today, including: Geoffrey Canada (Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America) and Bill Strickland (Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary). Canada is the founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone whose 1996 memoir Fist Stick Knife Gun will be released in October as a graphic adaptation from Beacon Press. Strickland is President and CEO of Manchester Craftsmen Guild and Bidwell Training Center, which offers programs in ceramics, photography, digital arts and painting to over 500 kids a year, as well as 3,400 additional students in the Pittsburgh inner-city school district; his book has been selected for common reading at several schools.

Read articles about the film in Education WeekNew York Magazine, and The New York Times. For more information, visit the film’s official website.

Waiting for “Superman” opens in select theaters on September 24.

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti

Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief, recently spoke with a group of students at the Paideia School in Atlanta, Georgia. The students later emailed her book trailers that they’d made for her novel as part of a class project.

We were pretty impressed by them (and wished we were given a fun assignment like this back when we were in school!) Check the trailers out on her blog.

Haven’t read the book yet? Email us and we’ll send a complimentary copy to the first TEN people who respond.

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