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Family, Alumni, & Community

You don't have to be an incoming student at K-State to participate in our common reading program. Here are some things you can do with your friends and family.

Read the book

  • Purchase a copy online or from your local bookstore.
  • Borrow a paper copy from your public library.
  • Borrow an eBook (both Kindle and Adobe ePUB) or audio version of the book from Sunflower eLibrary (public library card required).


  • Initiate a conversation with your incoming student about the book.
  • Host a screening of Miss Evers' Boys or Cancer Cell Research: The Way of All Flesh followed up with a discussion.
  • Start a book discussion or use The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in your book club. You can use the ideas listed on our faculty resource page or come up with your own questions.


  • Create a family health portrait or medical family tree and share it with your family. This can help identify if you have a risk for certain diseases and help you answer your doctor's medical history questions.
  • Invite a local historian or medical professional to facilitate a discussion of the historical and/or medical details found in the book.


  • Host a writing workshop that will show attendees how to research and write interesting family histories.
  • Invite elders in your community to talk about their experiences of living during that time. 

Do you have an idea you want to share? Email us at ksbn@k-state.edu and we’ll add it to the list.

~Adapted from Planning Your Community-Wide Read Guide, American Library Association

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks book cover