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May 16, 2011 07:42PM

41050 Post your nominations here for June's nonfiction selection. One nomination per person, please. If you nominate more than one book for this category, only your first choice will be considered.
May 16, 2011 07:42PM

41050 Post your nominations here for June's fiction selection. One nomination per person, please. If you nominate more than one book for this category, only your first choice will be considered.
May 16, 2011 07:25PM

41050 How's everybody coming along? I just last night finished Part A, so I'm running about 100ish pages behind, but I'm hoping to get caught up and maybe even ahead this week.

It took me longer than I expected to really get sucked in, but once I got to the end of Chapter 4 where Egan started telling us what ends up happening to some of the characters, I was hooked. And Chapter 5 sealed the deal. I had absolutely *hated* Lou until that chapter, and I still pretty much do hate him even after that chapter, but Egan's writing just slayed me. So so bittersweet and poignant.

I also really liked the chapter with Scotty and the fish and Bennie's office.

What are you guys liking or not liking about the book so far? Do you like the writing style? Does it bother you that the narrator and the time period changes with each chapter, or do you think that just adds interest?
Apr 24, 2011 10:38PM

41050 I just finished the chapter where the author takes Deborah and Zakariyya to see their mother's cells at Johns Hopkins and the cancer researcher, Christoph, spends a lot of time with them to answer questions. WOW. I just wish someone had done that a whole lot earlier.
Apr 24, 2011 09:44PM

41050 Apologies for not getting the reading schedule posted sooner. Here's a suggested schedule for getting through this book, which I'm SO excited to read (page numbers are for the paperback version).

May 1-10: Part A (pages 3-108)
May 11-20: Part B, chapters 1-10 (pages 111-207)
May 21-30: Part B, chapter 11-end (pages 208-340)

Unfortunately, I won't be able to start reading myself until after my exams are over on the 12th, so I'll try to catch up as quickly as possible. In the meantime, if you've started the book, feel free to begin a discussion below. Just be sure to note if there are spoilers.

Happy reading!
Apr 24, 2011 09:44PM

41050 Amy has generously offered to lead the discussion for Cleopatra: A Life this month. Thank you, Amy!
Apr 18, 2011 08:25PM

41050 Yeah I had to go through my entire to-read list until I found something. I came up with the category and then couldn't figure out any books to nominate. YAY ME.
Apr 18, 2011 01:54PM

41050 Just so we have more than one book nominated here, I'll nominate Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. I've never read Catch 22 so I'd love to read it, too.
Apr 18, 2011 10:06AM

41050 I'll nominate one that I nominated before and I still haven't read: Cleopatra: A Life
Apr 15, 2011 11:07PM

41050 I'm only about halfway finished with the book, but at this point I'm with you, Jenn. I don't think compensation could be given except on a case-by-case basis, which would be a logistical nightmare. There has to be a cut-off point somewhere, you know? Our concept of informed consent today is relatively new, so while it is unthinkable by today's standards that Henrietta's cells would be taken from her and used for research without consent, I think that was fairly standard for the time.

Plus, it's not like Henrietta or her family suffered any damages from either the taking of her cells or the research conducted upon her cells. So although it's certainly an invasion of her privacy (again, by today's standards), I can't see that anyone was really hurt by it.
Apr 15, 2011 06:41AM

41050 I nominate A Visit from the Goon Squad. I've been dying to read it and it's out in paperback now.
Apr 14, 2011 09:39AM

41050 Post your nominations for a patriotic or war-themed selection to read in May. One nomination per person, please. This category is open to interpretation and both fiction and nonfiction are allowed. If the title or the story can be tied to Memorial Day in some way, it's eligible for this category. Nominations will remain open until April 19th.
Apr 14, 2011 09:38AM

41050 Post your nominations for a general nonfiction selection to read in May. One nomination per person, please. Nominations will remain open until April 19th.
Apr 14, 2011 09:37AM

41050 Post your nominations below for a general fiction selection to read in May. One nomination per person, please. Nominations will remain open until April 19th.
Apr 13, 2011 08:56PM

41050 I'm not quite halfway finished with the book and I'm loving it, too. I love medical stuff, so I'm fascinated with the biology of the whole thing, but also it's just such a great story so far.
Apr 12, 2011 10:53PM

41050 I don't really think we need to break the discussion down by week because it's not like there are any plot spoilers. (Or are there? Maybe there are.) So post your thoughts on Henrietta Lacks and her amazing story as you read along. Don't feel like you have to wait until the end.
Mar 30, 2011 10:25AM

41050 Conveniently enough, this book is already divided into three roughly equal parts, so here's a suggested reading schedule for the completion of the book:

Week ending April 9: part 1
Week ending April 16: part 2
Week ending April 23: part 3

That will leave us some time at the end for discussion and for people to catch up if they've gotten behind, plus time to nominate and vote for our next selection.

Speaking of which, I've been thinking about some ways to change things up a little and hopefully encourage more participation. If you have any suggestions, please let me know here or on twitter or via email at masterninja@law-school-ninja.com

Happy reading!
Mar 27, 2011 09:44PM

41050 I was just reading some reviews of this book and came across this one from the New York Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/boo...

Toward the end, Buckley says that the story of Abbey Pinnola, the CFO who sat next to the guy she'd fired on the plane to Atlanta, was Roald Dahl-esque. I've only ever read James and the Giant Peach so I have no idea what about Abbey's story is Dahl-esque. Anybody able to shed some light on that for me?
Mar 24, 2011 11:22PM

41050 Okay the nominations are closed and the poll is up! Voting will close on Tuesday, March 29th.
Mar 22, 2011 09:02AM

41050 Hahaha I said literally. But I meant it. Herman would be proud.


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