I should come clean by saying that I have a nonfiction crush on Dave Eggers. (I may or may not constantly flip to his squinty, thumbnail-sized, author-page photo wondering what our children would look like.) His revolutionary memoir A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius made me want to become a writer (not to mention adopt a little brother, name him Toph, and teach him how to play frisbee), and his work since then — What Is The What, Zeitoun, Hologram For The King, and How We Are Hungry — has only further solidified him as part of the American canon.
Here, Eggers holds a mirror up to Google (or, perhaps, turns a Google Glass to Google), and other like organizations that value community over individuality, transparency over privacy, and a solid programming system above all else. His protagonist, Mae, joins the Circle with the eagerness of a fashion intern
Now who's with me? Pick up the book, read along with us, and tune in next Friday, February 7, for a closer discussion about the book's first 100 (or so) pages. (Tweet us your thoughts @Refinery29 with #R29bookclub in the meantime.) On Friday, 2/14, we'll go over Part 2 (through page 250 or so), and then on Friday, 2/28, we'll finish the entire book (Parts 3 and 4), with a discussion.