Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Seven books that belong on your social media–obsessed friend’s shelf

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Ginni Chen tagged "7 books you can sneak onto your social media–obsessed friend’s shelf that will inspire them to tone it down," including:
Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart

A masterful satire that will give your friend a grim look at a future where retail and media are king. Everyone’s either shopping or rating things online, there’s no privacy, there are no books (!), and everyone is hooked to a device that streams their thoughts. Oh, and everybody is graded on a hotness scale. Yikes.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Super Sad True Love Story appears on Molly Schoemann-McCann's list of five of the best--and more familiar--tropes in fiction, Charlie Jane Anders's lists of ten great science fiction novels, published since 2000, that raise huge, important questions and ten satirical novels that could teach you to survive the future, and Nicholas Carr's list of five notable books on the impact of the Information Age.

--Marshal Zeringue