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Money, a Memoir: Women, Emotions, and Cash
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Long ago, and not entirely consciously, Liz Perle made a quiet contract with cash: She would do what it took to get it--work hard, marry right--but she didn't want to have to think about it too much. Since she was a young girl, the subject of money had been quietly sidestepped, a shadowy factor whose private influence was impolite to discuss. When a sudden divorce left Perle with no home, no job, a four year old and a box of toys, she realized she could no longer afford to leave her murky and fraught relationship with money unexamined.
What Perle discovered as she reassembled her life, both personally and professionally, was that almost every woman she knew also subscribed to this strange and emotional code of discretion. Women who were all too willing to tell each other about their deepest secrets or sexual assets still kept mum when it came to their financial ones.
In Money, A Memoir, Perle attempts to break this silence, adding her own story to the anecdotes and insights of psychologists, researchers and more than 200 "ordinary" women. It turned out that when money was the topic, most women needed permission to talk. Perle found when she confessed her fears and idiosyncrasies to other women, theirs came tumbling out as well. The result is an insightful, unflinching look at the subtle and commanding influence of money on our every relationship.
"Having attained the right to earn and spend their own money only decades ago, women have a more complex relationship to cash than men, argues Perle (When Work Doesn't Work Anymore) in this eye-opening audiobook. Much less a memoir than a call to action, Perle's audio uses her own unhealthy relationship with money as a springboard for a provocative discussion about women's finances — how money anxieties influence a woman's life decisions; how a woman's financial preparedness affects the way she feels about herself; and how, despite their tremendous buying power, women stand a greater chance than men of going bankrupt and of not having sufficient funds for retirement. Perle delivers this material in a measured, matter-of-fact manner. Indeed, some might accuse her of reading too slowly, but her deliberate pace makes it easy to grasp the impact of her weighty revelations. Although the audio lacks a clear organizational structure, it succeeds in driving home its primary message — that women need to be less ambivalent about money and more active in investing in the future — and in urging listeners to think about money in terms of not only what it can purchase, but how it has shaped their lives. Simultaneous release with the Holt hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 31, 2005). (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Digs below the surface of one of societys last taboos—money—and illuminates how womens emotional relationship with it affects their lives
This bold and personal book digs below the surface of one of society's last taboos--money--and illuminates how women's emotional relationship with it affects every part of their lives
About the Author
Liz Perle, who worked in book publishing as an editor and publisher for more than twenty years, recently joined the non-profit world where she is the editor-in-chief of Common Sense Media, the nations leading non-partisan organization designed to help families make the best media choices for their children. She is also the author of When Work DoesntWork Anymore. Liz lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
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