The Nobodies
September 16th, 2019 by diane92345

Joan Dixon is having a bad year. She’s an unemployed journalist who can’t even get listicle jobs. This new reality has forced her to sell her car and move in with her parents—at age thirty-six. She truly is one of The Nobodies.

Joan interviews as a junior copywriter at Bloom, a tech company selling digital storage space without using server farms.

Note from my internal armchair detective: how can you sell storage space without any space to sell? Tech, am I right?

Back to review: Bloom is so trendy that its conference rooms are named after dead singers regardless of genre like Tupac, Freddie, and Selena. Not feeling hopeful, Joan is surprised when she gets the job. Unfortunately, once working there, her journalistic Spidey-senses start firing. Is Bloom hiding a deep secret that could be Joan’s way back into journalism?

I have yet to find a Flatiron Book that was not fantastic and innovative. The Nobodies is no exception. Despite being a millennial herself, Joan is a great foil to an entire company full of their nonsense. As the mother of a millennial, I enjoyed the gentle joshing. But if you are 20 and work at Google, you may not. Underlying all the thought-provoking questions bothering Joan, this is a book for women. Joan does find romance at Bloom—and with a younger man. She also finds empowerment in taking control of her own life. 4.5 stars!

Thanks to Flatiron Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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November 15th, 2018 by diane92345

It will be the best of times. It will be the worst of times. How will your life change when there is No One at the Wheel?

“Most transportation experts say that by 2075 driven cars will be completely replaced…By 2035, we may find that the majority of driving miles are completed by machines, not humans.”

In 2018, 1.3 million people are projected to die in road crashes with 50 million more injured. The need for a solution is clear. Autonomous vehicles are coming. Every major automobile company has one in development.

Will the resulting society be a utopia of staring at your phone continuously while your car drives you to work with no risk of accidents? Or will it cause massive disruption in the economy and overcrowded roadways? What will the one out of seven US residents who work in transportation do for a living? How will they be retrained and who will fund it? The decisions made now will determine our later fate.

No One at the Wheel shares the pros and cons of this new technological development. By making analogies to the development of the original cars, the author paints a dim view of the future of driven cars—as bleak as that of a horse and carriage in 1940.

I found both the history of cars and the potential of autonomous vehicles fascinating. But I’m still unsure what I can do personally to ensure a rosy outcome. No One at the Wheel is recommended for futurists and historians in equal measure. 3 stars.

Thanks to the publisher, PublicAffairs, and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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100+ iPhone/iPad Tricks You Can Do Right Now
November 12th, 2018 by diane92345

All readers will find a few gems within 100+ iPhone/iPad Tricks You Can Do Right Now.

As phones get more complicated, it gets harder and harder to find all the tasks they are capable of doing. Strangely enough, nothing comes with a manual anymore (not that I would read it), just when it is increasingly required to understand that computer in your hand. If there are millennials and younger reading this review, I know that YouTube is the new manual. However, you have decades of more time to waste watching people begging for subscribers than I do. Time is short! This book will take all of two minutes to find what you want in the index and follow the clear and illustrated instructions to set it up on your iPhone.

Brimming with useful info, it is a given that while many tips will be familiar, many more will inspire an a-ha moment. While many tips are how to set up your iPhone features, there also some for companion apps like Safari, Hiya, Maps, Uber and Waze.

Who doesn’t want Siri to have an Irish accent (at least on St. Patrick’s Day)? 100+ iPhone/iPad Tricks You Can Do Right Now is the perfect gift for the iPhone user in your life. The clear instructions and illustrations plus logical organization make it a great resource. 4 stars!

Thanks to iWorkshop Academy Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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