In 1995 Steve Jobs called to invite Lawrence Levy, a Silicon Valley lawyer, to help run a failing graphics design company called Pixar. Together they rescued Pixar with an IPO that brought in $1.45 million the first day. Not long after, Toy Story turned Pixar into a multibillion-dollar company. A natural storyteller, Levy offers an inside look at the business and a fresh, sympathetic view of Jobs.
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To Pixar and Beyond
By Lawrence Levy
November; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; $27
Chauncey Mabe is a freelance writer, book critic, and blogger in Miami, Fla. For 23 years he served as Book Editor and Senior Entertainment Writer at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. He was Book Blogger for the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the parent organization of Miami Book Fair International, from 2009 to 2012. He also blogs for the Betsy Hotel South Beach hotel, which sponsors literary events year round. His reviews and feature stories have appeared in publications such as the Toronto Globe & Mail, the Serving House Journal, Inspicio, the Palm Beach Arts Paper, the Baltimore Sun, the Juneau Empire, and the Chicago Tribune.