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To me this created an added layer of tension, and I suspect that for readers who aren’t thinking of Skloot the character versus Skloot the author, it created a tension, too. Did you mean to be one Rebecca writing about another Rebecca? Or did that sort of happen?

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Not trusting that she was yet an expert at documenting surroundings in her notes, Skloot took this photo to document the sky and weather as she drove to Turner Station. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Skloot.

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Speed’s barber chair, with a small photo of Henrietta Lacks propped against the wall. This and other photos Skloot took at Courtney Speed’s hair salon enabled her to describe the scene in which she visits the salon. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Skloot.

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Skloot’s first visit to Turner Station and the Henrietta Lacks Museum. Skloot says, “Courtney Speed in Turner Station was hoping to turn this building into a museum in Henrietta’s honor; I took this photograph to document the building, its location relative to the sign welcoming people to Turner Station, etc. I then took at least a roll of photos (if not more) documenting every inch of the building that I thought might be relevant someday in the future for describing it.” Photo courtesy of Rebecca Skloot.

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A foundation corner of the Home House. This photo helped Skloot document building materials and construction of the house, which was propped up with stones high off the ground. She took many photos of the Home House, from different angles and at different times of year. “These photos helped me create the many descriptions of the house in the book, and also captured the atmosphere of each visit, the rate of change of the house, the turn of seasons,” she says. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Skloot.

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The Home House side door. Skloot says, “This is the door where Henrietta used to sit and hang her legs off a stoop while churning butter. It’s also where her daughter Elsie fell once and hit her head on the ground below. I wanted to be able to revisit that height, the door, everything about it.” Photo courtesy of Rebecca Skloot.

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Thank you for this excellent and informative interview. I loved the way The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was structured and written. The return to a central event made it that much more compelling and lent itself beautifully to the narrative. Ms. Sloot is a great writer.

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A page of Skloot’s notes from her first phone call with Deborah Lacks. (For more notes and Skloot’s explanations, see “A glimpse behind the scenes” below.) Photo courtesy of Rebecca Skloot.