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Aug 07, 2001
| ISBN 9780679776383
Dec 23, 2009
| ISBN 9781400033126
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Aug 07, 2001 | ISBN 9780679776383
Dec 23, 2009 | ISBN 9781400033126
In Sunnyvale, California, in 1979, Jeff Goodell’s family lived quietly on Meadowlark Lane, unaware that their town was soon to become ground zero in the digital revolution. Over the course of the next decade, as Silicon Valley boomed, the Goodell family unraveled.Splintered by their parent’s divorce, Jeff and his siblings careen toward self-destruction, while their parents end up on opposite sides of the technological divide: their mother succeeds beyond her wildest dreams at "a small company with a dopey rainbow-colored logo," called Apple, while their father refuses to keep up with the times and loses his landscaping business. Affecting and personal, Sunnyvale is a portrait of one family’s fate in a brutally Darwinian world. It is also a thoughtful examination of what has happened to the American family in the face of the technological revolution.
Jeff Goodell came of age in a time and place defined by the technological revolution. In Sunnyvale, he describes the emergence of the digital era along with his own family’s struggles to navigate the waters of social and personal change.
“A perceptive memoir of growing up in a household that was post-nuclear with a vengeance.”–The New York Times“Mesmerizing and deeply authentic…. Compelling.”–San Jose Mercury News“Reflects the seismic social changes that still shake American society.”–USA Today
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