Mary Ann’s August Recommendation

The Circle by Dave Eggers

the circleMary Ann says:

Recent graduate Mae Holland has her dream job at the Circle, the fastest growing behemoth internet company. Think a combination of Google/Facebook/Twitter etc. She’s seduced by the pampering of the employees and is eager to be part of their friendly “connectedness.”  As you read about her acceptance of their practices, you’ll understand the allure while shuddering at the implications.  The characters are as intriguing as the technology descriptions.

Our book club read this, and as soon as one person said, “this couldn’t happen” another in the group had a personal story of that happening to them or their kids.  In one day I experienced 4 things on my computer that echoed details in this thought-provoking book.

You’ll look at every online and smartphone encounter in a new way!”

4 Similar Titles

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart – The character in this novel also has to deal with how technology affects relationships. It is set in the near future when America is crushed by a financial crisis.

A Visit from the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan – This Pulitzer Prize winning novel focuses on a former punk-rock musician and a young music executive. The novel uses satire and realism to explore technology.

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicolas Carr – This nonfiction book explores the psychological and physiological impact that the internet has on the human brain.

I’m Feeling Lucky: Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 by Douglas Edwards

In this memoir, Douglas describes his experiences as the first director of marketing and brand management at Google. An insight look into the search engine giant.

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