Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Recently Read

This is about a woman in the 1860's who is a midwife, but wants to be a surgeon...but no one will let her into medical school...the the Civil War begins....a bit of a soap opera, but well researched about the Civil War and the state of medicine at the time.

Henry Lee is a 12-year-old Chinese boy who falls in love with Keiko Okabe, a 12-year-old Japanese girl, while they are scholarship students at a prestigious private school in World War II Seattle. Henry hides the relationship from his parents, who would disown him if they knew he had a Japanese friend. His father insists that Henry wear an "I am Chinese" button everywhere he goes because Japanese residents of Seattle have begun to be shipped off by the thousands to relocation centers. This is an old-fashioned historical novel that alternates between the early 1940s and 1984, after Henry's wife Ethel has died of cancer

Not your typical Grishom novel...there's not a lawyer in sight....this takes place in the south in the 50's on a small cotton's told from the point of view of the 7 year old boy...

Written with the full cooperation of founder Mark Zuckerberg, the book follows the company from its genesis in a Harvard dorm room through its successes over Friendster and MySpace, the expansion of the user base, and Zuckerberg's refusal to sell. The author is at his best discussing the social implications of the site, from the changing notions of privacy to why and how people use Facebook—increasingly it's to come together around a common interest or cause (the eponymous Facebook Effect)
This was pretty fascinating to see how the world can change in 4 or 5 years! Interesting issues of privacy, transparency...the future world???

1 comment:

  1. HHmmmm sounds very interesting. You know they're comming out with a movie (fictional) about the founding of facebook... the preview looks good.