Rebecca Skloot, the author of the huge bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (#4 on our Best Books of 2010 list) will write her next book on a topic that just about everyone can relate to, in one way or another: the human-animal bond.

According to a press release on the author's website, Skloot worked for a decade in veterinary medicine, "first as a nurse for animals in general practices and emergency rooms, and later as a technician in veterinary morgues and neurology labs."

As she did in The Immortal Life, in this new book she will weave history, ethics, medicine and personal stories.

Here at BookPage, we know a lot about the human-animal bond (for anyone who's curious, I'd say we're just about evenly split among cat lovers and dog lovers). We run a dog roundup just about every year (here's last year's, and look for another in November 2011)—and one of my favorite blog posts of all time on The Book Case was "Dog roundup draws howls from readers."

Skloot's book will be published again by Crown, and the publication date is TBD. Skloot worked on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Life for more than 10 years, and she has already tweeted that she hopes this book takes one-quarter to one-half as much time . . . at max.

Were any of you as enthralled with The Immortal Life as I was? Are you fascinated by the human-animal bond?

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