'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks': The Discussion Schedule

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1book140_icon.JPG Welcome to the first non-fiction edition of 1book140, everyone. (If you're new to our book club, please go here for a quick primer.) We're very excited to be reading a book that's been tearing up the bestseller lists for the past two years, Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. We're going to experiment with a very different--and far simpler--discussion system this month. Rebecca's book is divided up into three parts.

September 6 - 12: Discuss Part I, tagging each tweet with #1b140_1

September 12 - 19: Discuss Part II, using #1b140_2

September 19 - 30 Discuss Part III, Epilogue, Afterword, etc., using #1b140_3

We are a little less worried about spoilers in a work of non-fiction. That said, Rebecca has cautioned me that there is a big reveal in Part III, so please be careful not to reveal crucial plot points when discussing the book. As always, lead your tweets with the appropriate hashmark (#1b140_1, etc.) This way people who haven't reached that point in the text know to skip past your tweet.

Finally, I promised we'd branch out into Google Plus this month. This really involves nothing more complicated than posting a remark to your G + network, making it public, then tweeting the link to all of us on Twitter. I've gotten the ball rolling today with my own G+ post.

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Jeff Howe is a professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard. 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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