In another big deal coming out of the U.S., Molly Stern at Crown has taken North American rights to the anticipated new book by Rebecca Skloot. The currently untitled work, which Simon Lipskar at Writers House sold, will explore, as the publisher put it, “the animal-human bond.”

Skloot’s runaway hit, and debut, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, was published by Crown in February 2010 and now has over 1 million copies in print. The new work, which Crown elaborated will “explore some of the biggest, and as yet unanswered, questions at the heart of animals’ roles in our lives,” touches on Skloot’s own background in vetrinary medicine. The author worked in the field for over 10 years in, among other places, an ER for animals and a veterinary morgue.