Articles tagged "Anna Wiener"

Maximum Shelf: UNCANNY VALLEY (9/4/19)

Today’s Maximum Shelf pick is Anna Wiener’s page-turning account of her time in Silicon Valley, UNCANNY VALLEY: A Memoir.

In her mid-twenties, at the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener—stuck, broke, and looking for meaning in her work, like any good millennial—left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy. She moved from New York to San Francisco, where she landed at a big-data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble: a world of surreal extravagance, dubious success, and fresh-faced entrepreneurs hell-bent on domination, glory, and, of course, progress.

Anna arrived during a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street. But amid the company ski vacations and in-office speakeasies, boyish camaraderie and ride-or-die corporate fealty, a new Silicon Valley began to emerge: one in far over its head, one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be building.

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BookExpo 2019 Editors’ Buzz Picks

We’re thrilled to have two Macmillan titles chosen for BookExpo’s 2019 Editors’ Buzz panels:

UNCANNY VALLEY by Anna Wiener
Available January 14, 2020 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Adult Editor’s Buzz Panel Selection
The prescient, page-turning account of Anna Wiener’s journey into Silicon Valley: a defining memoir of our digital age. Unsparing and fiercely intelligent, UNCANNY VALLEY is the revelatory cautionary tale of our times and the propulsive story of a world reckoning with consequences it’s only beginning to understand.

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett
Available September 17, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Young Adult Editor’s Buzz Panel Selection
No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden. Girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

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