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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 762438959
  • ASIN: B0091MFM56
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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DianaPageJordan.com
“Read “Broke is Beautiful” – It’s Funny!... Lee throws out facts that’ll make you feel better if, for example, you’re trying to get by on minimum wage. “Half of the people on earth survive on less than $2 a day.” She lays it on, fact after fact, until you just have to admit you’re lucky to be living in these times.”

Brokelyn.com
“Author Laura Lee may have well written the Brokelyn manifesto, the recession-victims’ King James Bible and the brokester I Ching all wrapped into one. Her new book, Broke is Beautiful, is a vast, thoughtful and intensely researched tome on the value of living the cash-strapped life.”
 
Midwest Book Review, June 2010
“Laura Lee gives readers a good array of thoughts and wisdom and makes for a very entertaining and fun read. "Broke is Beautiful" is a choice and highly recommended read which shouldn't be missed for those who want to live well when they got nothing in the wallet."

About the Author

Laura Lee is the author of ten books including The Pocket Guide to Aggravation, The 100 Most Dangerous Things in Life, and The Elvis Impersonation Kit. She has been a regular contributor to the Times Union in Albany, Reader’s Digest, and other newspapers and magazines. In addition to her writing career, she has sustained her less-than-stellar financial state with stints as a morning radio DJ, an improvisational comedian, a professional mime, and public relations director for a Russian Ballet Company. She lives near Detroit, Michigan.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jazzy Bopper on May 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm an artist and as I write this am extremely broke. I think that "broke" is a relative term; if someone who was making $200,000 a year was laid off and found themselves with $10,000 in the bank and an unemployment check coming in for $400 a week they would think they were broke and this would most likely be true if you consider what their expenses probably are. With the money I make in my chosen profession, if I had $1,000 in the bank and no other money coming in I would think I was rich.

Ms. Lee is an excellent writer and what speaks to the point I just made is that she teaches you in this book a great perspective on how to view "broke-ness" and live a "broke lifestyle". Personally I feel the book is of more value to artists than those in what I like to refer to as "civilian" professions, for the simple reason that she is an artist and it seems to come from that perspective. That being said there are certain things even I would not engage in, such as diving through dumpsters looking for food that is still good. This is portrayed in the book as somewhat of a hobby for the upper middle class, which I'm assuming is an attempt to say "and you see, you thought only the homeless do this!" Again the artists' perspective at work; I don't see executives who have lost white collar jobs doing this sort of thing. I'm not saying that Ms. Lee doesn't back this up with examples of folks who do engage in this practice, including one who is a college student in NC who has a blog detailing his exploits, I just don't feel it is as widespread as it is portrayed. I will admit that I have found furniture pieces in this way, and she talks about that as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. K. Pringle on April 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
We all know have friends who have lost their house or their jobs,they are broke and scared. Laura Lee puts a new perspective on being broke and the struggles of everyday life and getting by. This book, in this economy, is a must read! Laura makes you realize, BROKE IS BEAUTIFUL!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Money doesn't buy happiness, so you can get it on the cheap. "Broke is Beautiful: Living and Loving the Cash-Strapped Life" is a guide to living a cool life where money isn't the king, but how you live your life in spite of your poverty is. Laura Lee gives readers a good array of thoughts and wisdom and makes for a very entertaining and fun read. "Broke is Beautiful" is a choice and highly recommended read which shouldn't be missed for those who want to live well when they got nothing in the wallet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Hammons on December 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This isn't a story about how to attract wealth or how to get out of debt or even how to "not be broke" rather how to appreciate your place no matter where you fall on the economic spectrum.
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More About the Author

Metro Detroit native Laura Lee divides her time equally between writing and producing ballet educational tours with her partner, the artistic director of the Russian National Ballet Foundation. In addition to her novel, Angel, she is the author of more than a dozen non-fiction books with such publishers as Harper Collins, Reader's Digest, Running Press, Broadway Books, Lyons Press and Black Dog and Leventhal. She has also written one collection of poetry (Invited to Sound), and a children's book (A Child's Introduction to Ballet). She brings to her writing a unique background as a radio announcer, improvisational comic and one-time professional mime.


The San Francisco Chronicle has said of her work, "Lee's dry, humorous tone makes her a charming companion... She has a penchant for wordplay that is irresistible."