September's 1book140 Selection: 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'

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In a few days we'll enter the fourth month of 1book140, The Atlantic's big, worldwide read-a-long. The occasion marks the first time we've tackled a non-fiction book. 1book140 follower Liz Iverson helped us narrow dozens of nominations down to an enlarged shortlist of eight titles, but Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks came out strong and never looked back, taking 28 percent of the vote out of a killer field. Simon Winchester's The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary came in a distant second with 18 percent. Skloot's book is chock full of discussion points and hot-button issues, so I'm looking forward to some lively debate this month. We'll begin discussing the book right after Labor Day weekend, on Tuesday, September 6th, so you'll have plenty of time to buy the book. As always, happy reading!

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Jeff Howe is a professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He helps run @1book140, The Atlantic's Twitter book club. More

Jeff Howe is a professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He previously worked as a contributing editor at Wired Magazine, where he covered the media and entertainment industries. In June 2006 he published "The Rise of Crowdsourcing" in Wired. In September 2008 he published a book on the subject for Random House. The book has been translated into 11 languages. Before coming to Wired in 2001 he was a senior editor at Inside.com and a writer at the Village Voice. In his 20 years as a journalist he has traveled around the world working on stories ranging from the impending water crisis in Central Asia to the implications of gene patenting. He has written for Time, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, Mother Jones and numerous other publications. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.

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