- Title: Sunnyvale: The Rise and Fall of a Silicon Valley Family
- Author: Jeff Goodell
- ISBN: 9780679776383
- Page: 454
- Format: Paperback
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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 parentsIn 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.
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I thought this might be an interesting view of life in Silicon Valley in the 70's. It is so much more. A first-hand recounting of the devastation of divorce on a family with pre-teen children. A view of drug/alchohol dependence coupled with possibly mental illness and the difficulty for a sibling dealing with this in a family member. Family relationships. The backdrop of a community in transition from a middle-class society to one of emerging wealth, thanks to companies like Apple. This is an ex [...]
A Typical SOAP book, which can be adapted to a Indian Mega Serial. The flow is quite good, but there is hardly any suspense that you look forward to chapter after chapter. Even If you flip through few chapters , there is nothing much you miss out.I picked up this book, hoping it would be a Technology oriented novel, talking about the evolution of technology, but was completely disappointed. There was absolutely no relation to Computer world. It just deals typical family issues of brother, sister [...]
Although I would not have titled it "Sunnyvale" because the story had very little to do with the town, I would not have read it unless that was the title.Jeff, I grew up two blocks away from you at the same time and went to the same schools. You've probably heard this before, but you were not alone in your experiences. If only kids felt free to talk about what was going on, they would not have been so alone and might have made better choices. Thank you for sharing this and at least letting peopl [...]
Jeff grew up in Sunnyvale with his brother, sister and parents who divorced but played vital roles in their children's lives. Jeff pulls you into his family's life, into the heart of it, without glossing over the problems that they faced. I was impressed by his writing ability and very much enjoyed reading this book.
Not bad. Very accurate descriptions of Sunnyvale and the area. Kind of weird to read a memoir about someone from my hometown. I didn't like the subtitle, I felt like it was wrong. Also, the author talks about writing things a lot, which I wasn't very interested in. You don't need to explain being a writer when I'm reading your book? Idk. This review is rather rambling.
Loved this book. Came accross an extract purely by accident on the internet. Got bitten and ordered the book. Disfunctional family in Silicon valley. Characters leap of the pages. Story beautifully told. Couldn't put it down. Etc. etc.
fun book to read, especially since I lived in Sunnyvale while growing up :-)
A book group pick - an intriguing blend of family dysfunction (a la Jeannette Walls) and a glimpse of what Sunnyvale and Silicon Valley were in the 70s-80s.
Entertaining enough while I read it, but ultimately forgettable. The connection to the town of Sunnyvale (emphasis on the "Sunny") felt forced at times.
Well, this book hardly needs my endorsement but i's excellent. Was rec. to me by a lady in No. California it's indeed part of the must-read California bookshelf, I'd say.
read it for a sociology class. remind me not take any more sociology classes.
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