Mark Zuckerberg ‘s latest Facebook Book Club choice on the Year of Books page is
‘On Immunity: An Inoculation.’
As a new mother Eula Biss investigates ‘the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. She researches what fears about vaccines mean for her own child, her immediate community, America, and the world, both historically and in the present moment.’ The book was recently nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Prize in the US.
His third choice was ‘Gang leader for a day: a rogue sociologist crosses the line’ by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh. The author is a sociologist and spent a decade living with the Black Kings gang in Chicago’s south side. His research later became famous in ‘Freakonomics.’ This is his account of his time with the gang.
The first book isn’t quite a Richard and Judy pick, but Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has set up a book club on the social networking site, attracting more than 120,000 likes in three days.
Every year he sets himself a challenge for the 12 months ahead -previous challenges have included learning Mandarin and meeting a new person every day – and in response to suggestions for this year’s challenges, Zuckerberg has said he will read a new book every other week. “I’m excited for my reading challenge. I’ve found reading books very intellectually fulfilling. Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today. I’m looking forward to shifting more of my media diet towards reading books.”
The club’s first book is “The End of Power” by Moises Naim (We have “Illicit: how smugglers, traffickers, and copycats are hijacking the global economy” but not this non-fiction title)
On his A Year in Books’ page on Facebook, which he’s set up for the book club, he says: “We will read a new book every two weeks and discuss it here. Our books will emphasise learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies. Suggestions for new books to read are always welcome. We ask that everyone who participates read the books and we will moderate the discussions and group membership to keep us on topic.”