When Rebecca Skloot wrote The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, there was no doubt Crown Publishers would have some concerns. After all, science nonfiction is not your typical bestselling genre. But Skloot proved them wrong.
Now almost two years later, Henrietta Lacks has become an award-winning, critically-acclaimed national bestseller. And according to this press release posted on the author’s web site, it seems she has another one on the way.
Skloot announced last month that she’s working on a new science nonfiction book about the “human-animal” bond, as explained in the release.
She will explore, among many other subjects, the neurology of human-animal relationships, human nature and responsibility, and the unexamined ethics of our relationship with animals. A publication date has not yet been set.
With the popularity of Henrietta Lacks to build upon, Skloot is guaranteed to have another bestseller on her hands whenever it’s published — especially since it has to do with animals. As softcore as it sounds, stories about animals sell. And learning about the scientific connection between people and pets or animals not only targets a specific audience, but likely broadens the one Skloot already has.