African American women
Feb 18, 2013 — It was one of the most revolutionary tools of biomedical research: the immortal HeLa cell line. But few people know the cells belonged to a poor Southern tobacco farmer named Henrietta Lacks. Rebecca Skloot spent years researching Lacks and tells her story in The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks.
Dec 21, 2012 — Ayana Mathis' Twelve Tribes Of Hattie is a tale of adversity and resilience. It debuts at No. 10.
Dec 11, 2012 — Oprah Winfrey's second pick for her rebooted book club is The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, by first-time novelist Ayana Mathis. It's a chronicle of the Great Migration of African-Americans leaving the rural South, following a family matriarch who leaves Georgia to start a new life in Philadelphia.
Sep 26, 2012 — Condoleezza Rice remembers her time in the Bush administration, Michael Lewis and Thant Myint-U discuss the world's economies, Michael Moore recounts his journey toward becoming a filmmaker, and Toni Morrison collects essays about censorship and the power of literature.
Jul 13, 2012 — Rebecca Skloot's study of the life behind the HeLa cell is on the list for a 70th week.
Feb 2, 2012 — Adapted into an Oscar-nominated film, The Help sits at No. 4 in its 43rd week on the list.
Dec 22, 2011 — The Help — about the racial divides during the early 1960s — is on the list for a 37th week.
Oct 11, 2011 — On Oct. 11, 1991, Anita Hill testified during confirmation hearings that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her. Inspired by the letters she has received in the 20 years since then, the law professor has written a new book, Reimagining Equality.
Sep 7, 2011 — National Book Award finalist Nicole Krauss returns, along with supernatural romance writer Charlaine Harris, British pop novelist Allison Pearson and melodramatist Scott Spencer, while NPR host Michele Norris shares a story of parental sacrifice and the search for a better America.
Aug 25, 2011 — Many colleges assign books that all incoming freshmen must read over the summer. A popular 2011 assignment is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, about a cell line taken without consent from a black woman with cervical cancer.