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

By Jeff Howe

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.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/09/the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks-the-discussion-schedule/244606/