Author: Anna Wiener
Anna Weiner’s Uncanny Valley is a memoir of working in Silicon Valley in her mid-20s.
“Part coming-age-story, part portrait of an already-bygone era, Wiener’s memoir is a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power,” said a review in goodreads.com.
“With wit, candor, and heart, Anna deftly charts the tech industry’s shift from self-appointed world savior to democracy-endangering liability, alongside a personal narrative of aspiration, ambivalence, and disillusionment,” said the review.
Wiener’s story “lends significant insight into this world, which at times feels very much like an alternate reality from the rest of the country.”
Lauren Oyler said in a review for The New York Times that just as Wiener wants to believe that tech can solve the world’s problems, she is sympathetic to the Bay Area’s “new-school old-schoolers” who are “sorting out a way to live,” obsessed with “radical honesty,” “processing” and “checking in.”