By Anna Wiener
Tech journalist Anna Wiener narrates her coming-of-age in Silicon Valley during the early years of the '90s startup boom in this unflinching memoir. It's a rare, first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture and a warning about unregulated surveillance, wild fortune and accelerating political power. The book also serves as a vivid portrait of a changing San Francisco.
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By Jenny Offill
Offill's third novel is a quick read at 224 pages. It follows Lizzie Benson, a librarian, who as a side gig dives into a polarized world of an armchair therapist for those with an existential crisis. From liberals fearing a climate apocalypse to conservatives fearing the demise of "American values," she tries to save everyone, but is driven to her limits, making for a relatable, comic story about the power of human need.
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By Kevin Nguyen
Nguyen's debut novel starts out like a techno-heist caper before an untimely death throws a wrench in our narrator's plan. Lucas and his friend Margo are disgruntled employees who steal a database of user information from their employer after a few too many drinks. But when Margo dies after being hit by a car, Lucas is left with the weight of their crime and the realization that people's secret online life says a whole lot more about who they really are.
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By Shawn Levy
Since 1929, Hollywood's brightest stars have flocked to the Chateau Marmont as if it were a second home. Shawn Levy recounts the evolution of the apartment building-turned-hotel from bohemian haven to glitterati hot spot in this engrossing account of the wild times, bright lights and dangerous decadence. The lurid tales make for a mental vacation to La La Land.
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By Laura Sims
Step inside the mind of a woman whose obsession with the beautiful actress on her block drives her to the edge. It's a twisting story—told through the thoughts and interactions of the main character—about how easy it can be to transfix on something when everything else isn't going your way. As our narrator unravels, you quickly find yourself in a Hitchcockian thriller.
$13.20 at Amazon