I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live In It: Stories from an Online Life by Jess Kimball Leslie (5 out of 5) 

The irony here is that many around me eschew the joys of technology. Despite multiple blogs and my supposedly “successful” social media follower numbers, my computer died almost a year ago and I haven’t had it replaced yet. A few years back, I had to replace one that had dive-bombed suddenly. I do all of my writing (that memoir/essays collection is happening, people) and blog stuff on my shitty phone. I would probably have kept the Internet/laptop thing going, except the person I fancied as a potential writing partner disappeared from my life into a sconce of nomadity somewhere. So why keep a PC at home? I don’t. I’ve gotten more productive as a result. Coincedence? I fear not. 

Jess Kimball Leslie is the opposite. She grew up with a dad who was a tech tinker and encouraged Jess and her siblings to surround themselves with the wonders at the time…Dell computers and AOL Messenger, among other cyclical time warps. This is a fun trip through Kimball’s life, delivered with witty banter and my favorite bed partner…NOSTALGIA. We travel with her from a kid who tried to figure out life as dial-up Internet was the main thing, to Windows, to Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. We visit the hallowed halls of Yahoo!, Match.com, Palm Pilots, Blackberry’s, to anything golden by our buddies at Apple (Kimball has clear favorites). And we get to hear about how things are going with Jess, too. Including her struggle to find her place in this world, and the perfect person to stand with. I laughed my way through this, and you will, too. 

Currently available in quality paperback at your local indie bookstore, you won’t mind spending your life online with Leslie and her many friends down the technology highway. 

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~ by generationgbooks on December 8, 2017.

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