I rather enjoy memoirs and books about Silicon Valley on their own so when this book got selected for the All-Nonfiction group’s schedule I was pleased and I’m reading it the month before it actually comes up there.
Uncanny Valley: A Memoir By Anna Wiener – 2020 Read by Suehyla El-Attar: 8h 45m Rating: 8.5 / memoir
This book started slow with Anna’s background on the East Coast (New York) literary circles, but maybe that had to be there in order to understand Wiener and hr background as well as to capture the culture shock of the East/West coast differences. I don’t know. It picked up considerably after she has got settled in, met some people and explored a wee big of San Francisco where she is ensconced in the middle of the city.
After that the narrative turns to work practices, ethics and behaviors of the Silicon Valley start-ups. Wiener is a great writer – the tension built as she got new assignments, switched companies and made new friends. Who knew it would end up with Anna exploring her ethics and being unintentionally and maybe peripherally involved in the shadier side of social media.