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Green with Envy: A Whole New Way to Look at Financial (Un)Happiness Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 9, 2006
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"It's rare to encounter such honesty about the endless financial comparisons people make...refreshingly juicy... a compelling read." -- --USA Today
"A much-needed reality check...a must-read for those trying to achieve true wealth." -- --Black Enterprise
"Boss performs a real service by putting some of America's financial hang-ups on trial...Her case for candor is valuable." -- --Publishers Weekly
"Finally--an entertaining book about money." -- --King Features Syndicate
"Voyeuristic...nicely backed up with a slew of eye-opening facts." -- --Charlotte Observer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
More About the Author
GREEN WITH ENVY gripped me like no other project ever has. (And that's how a book should be.) As I worked on it, I became obsessed. Each chapter grew into my favorite. My husband, the only person besides the sources whom I had time to talk to, asked if there was anything we could talk about other than The Book. (There actually wasn't.)
The official stuff: I grew up in Flint, Michigan, a gritty but wonderful place to grow up. I studied economics and political science undergrad at Columbia University, and went back there for master's degrees in journalism and in international affairs. In between, I've lived and worked in Saint Petersburg, Russia (where I edited the cultural section of the main English-language newspaper), in Paris (the only time in my life I've tried writing fiction), and in the Middle East (where I got to live the low-paid but high-adventure life of a foreign correspondent).
As an independent journalist over the past 12 years, I've contributed regularly to The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Crain's New York Business, Forbes.com, Good Housekeeping and "Marketplace" on national public radio. Samples of my work are available at www.shiraboss.com/articles.htm.
What else... well, there's always more. That's certainly one thing you'll learn by reading GREEN WITH ENVY.
Top Customer Reviews
It's not your typical 9-steps to riches book, it's much deeper than that. I've read many personal finance books, but never came across one that really deals with the pyschological aspects of things. And that's actually where most of us need help and the book offers a very philosophical approach in the last chapter.
I enjoyed it so much that I bought a copy for my parents, my in-laws and several accountant friends. And they have all enjoyed it....and for different reasons, my parents and in-laws liked the personal stories (the confessions of other people's dirty financial secrets) and my accountant friends liked Boss' mental approach to other people's money in the conclusion.
I plan on continuing to give copies as gifts - great for recent college graduates, newlyweds, etc.
Starting with her next-door neighbor and traveling all the way to the nation's capital, author Shira Boss explores why Americans are no longer saving, how credit cards have become the replacement for the "emergency fund," and where we are headed from here.
Green with Envy: Why Keeping Up with the Joneses is Keeping Us in Debt is not your typical book on personal finance. Boss's perfect mix of real-life stories and statistical facts offers a shocking, entirely new and life-altering perspective on how and why we are consistently living beyond our means--a book too fascinating to put down.
For anyone who has ever wondered how their sister/neighbor/friend could afford that house/car/vacation, this book is a MUST READ.
Armchair Interviews says: You'll never look at Paris Hilton the same way again.
On the positive side, I think her observation that many folks are likely completely deluding themselves about the enormity of their debt problem, by only focusing on the minimum payments is likely correct. Her observation that such self-delusion leads to economic disaster if carried to extremes is unsurprising.
Positive also, was her input from various sources that it is so "taboo" to discuss money matters in this country, that folks all too often fail to seek help (i.e. advice), even when the problem is clearly reaching crisis proportions. Apparently this fits with the commonly cited feeling people have of being "alone" in their financial mess.
On the negative side, there's not much new here. The idea that psychology is a key part of modern economic thought is certainly not new, and several books detail such findings with the type of empirical measurements that give such subjects meaningful context. Also the litany of negative psychological impacts that such thinking is clearly having on the folks Shira interviews (but aren't actually named), such as the hedonic treadmill, are well known and documented.
She tends to use words like "we all" have such tendencies or traits more than I'm comfortable with. Stating that many or most or nearly all would be far more credible.
As stated in one of the editorial reviews, the solutions seem to be little more than new-age platitudes, at best.Read more ›
This book is a must for all young couples BEFORE they get married.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's worth reading quickly. I'd prefer something a bit more academic. It's essentially lunch time reading on an interesting topic. I liked the ending takeaways.Published 21 months ago by J.H. Smith
Well written and fun.
It also makes many good points. The conclusions were a little new-agey for my tastes, but the book makes an important point (that we stress ourselves... Read more
Neither impossible, find another book that resumes all our emotions, fears, competiveness and of course envyyyy!!! Read morePublished on October 22, 2011 by Pamela
loved the book. loved it more the last chapter when she actually gave experience with the solution. wasn't what i thought. Read morePublished on May 3, 2010 by Frances T. Colamatteo
What I most thoroughly enjoyed about this read is that it's crystal clear with the message that anyone at any income level can find themselves overwhelmed by debt. Read morePublished on November 10, 2008 by Trace Moriarty
First I would like to say what this book is not going to do. It is not going to help you develop a budget, and it is not going to give you advice about different ways of getting... Read morePublished on August 4, 2008 by J.W. Posey
The book overall has a good point, which is chasing materialism is useless because in the end you end up empty emotionally and monetarily. Read morePublished on February 23, 2008 by Helllooo Sunshine
Very thin. It's just a bunch of (rather voyeuristic) stories, with very little analysis. The idea that competition within one's peer group as an explanation of our consumerist... Read morePublished on February 5, 2008 by C. P. Anderson