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Money, A Memoir: Women, Emotions, and Cash [Kindle Edition]

Liz Perle
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Book Description

A bold and personal book that 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
     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. The subject of money had, since childhood, been quietly sidestepped, a shadowy factor whose private influence was impolite to discuss. This deliberate denial eventually exacted its price, however, when a sudden divorce left Perle with no home, no job, and a four-year-old with 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 was that almost every woman she knew also subscribed to this strange and emotional code of discretion—even though it laced through their relationships with their parents, lovers, husbands, children, friends, co-workers, and communities. 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. The result is an insightful, unflinching look at the once subtle and commanding influence of money on our every relationship.

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From Publishers Weekly

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.
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"One of the most powerful determinants of a woman's quality of life is her relationship with money. If she takes good care of her financial health, she lives life on her terms. If, however, she avoids taking responsibility for this important area of her life, she relinquishes her power to forces outside of herself. In Money, A Memoir, Liz Perle offers a straightforward and deeply personal account of what it takes for women to reclaim their financial and emotional freedom."--Cheryl Richardson, author of Take Time for Your Life

"If you want to understand many women's complex and contradictory attitudes about money, take out your wallet and buy Liz Perle's very personal and very honest look at the subject in Money, A Memoir." Myrna Blyth, former editor-in-chief of Ladies Home Journal and author of Spin Sisters

"A smart, funny, insightful book on woman and money. Liz Perle writes with love and enthusiasm about this essential topic."--Judith Orloff M.D., author of Positive Energy

"This deceptively powerful book is a must-read for any woman who really wants to be in control of her life. Written with humor and hard-won wisdom, I hope it inspires women to really look honestly at what at their relationship is to money. It's an examination that's long overdue."-- Arianna Huffington, editor of the

"Change is in the air. Someone finally has the courage to be straight about women's emotional struggles with money. Every woman who reads this touching, smart and true book will come away with more insight into one of the most important relationships in her life - the one between her and her pocketbook." -- Debbie Ford, author of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers and The Best Year of Your Life

"This is a book for any woman who feels uncomfortable with the subject of money, i.e., nearly all of us. It proves what Simone de Beauvoir wrote ...

Product Details

  • File Size: 330 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312426275
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (April 1, 2007)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003J48C7W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,407 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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People have a hard particularly time being honest about their attitudes towards two things:Sex For whatever reason, women may find the path to financial literacy stewn with obstacles...perhaps even more so then men.

Whether you believe this or not, I'd urge you to read this book, especially if you are one of those women who happens to hate books about "money" and/or "finances". This one may change your mind and, at the least, get you to think more deeply about how your finances impact every area of your life. Is it enlightening? It certainly was for me and I've read quite a few financial books, from the classics to the downright silly. This is one I'd recommend.

If you are looking for a deeply researched and detailed sociological study of money and women, this is not THAT book. It isn't chock full of charts, graphs, statistics and all that. Instead, it is a brave, honest expose' by one women concerning her fears, impulses and patterns when it comes to money -and spending and saving it. In the process, she delves into the subject of women and money, going beyond her own individual feelings and into the larger community, talking to her friends, to other women, etc. She also doesn't take herself too seriously, which makes for a book that had me chuckling in places, even laughing out loud.

The author does have a point to make, focusing on how and why women need to understand how their emotions and values affect their spending patterns, for better or worse. She makes this point repeatedly. It is a point well worth drive the point home.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fresh and Energizing Approach to Money March 17, 2006
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I learned of "Money: A Memoir" while listening to the Diane Rehm Show on NPR. I was riveted to the radio as the author, Liz Perle, recited the statistics about the numbers of women who will end up living in poverty in middle and old age. At 63, divorced, the alimony having ended, the home equity loan no longer a blessing with interest rates going up and up, and having been a performance artist since I was eight-years-old (It takes constant hustling to earn one's living as a professional storyteller, historic portrayal artist, and folksinger), I heard myself as part of those statistics. However,I also heard that if I change my attitude towards money and separate emotions, fears, and what the "Joneses" think and instead focus on my particular needs and realities, I stand a chance of not seeing my (and millions of other women's) worst nightmare come true: that of becoming a bag lady. I promptly ordered the book and read it as soon as it arrived. I could not put it down. I felt like I had found a friend who knew what I was going through and what my fears and feelings of inadequacy were. Though I would have liked a greater variety of examples of women's stories and experiences to be included in the book, Ms. Perle's own story affected me deeply. When her divorce occurred and the savings were almost gone, she sat down and looked at her own necessities minus frills. She prioritized, added, and knew what she must earn to fulfill these needs. I am now in the process of doing the same. I gained strength and courage from her words and examples. Most-importantly, reading the book somehow took away my feelings that I was no one, nothing, the scum of the earth because I am not rich and don't have a retirement plan and may even consider renting a room or two in the four-bedroom townhouse I live in alone. Read more ›
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of those rare gems of a book that you cannot put down once you begin reading it. And it imparts so much wisdom its hard to know where to start.

Now I admit I came of age during the height of the feminist movement of the seventies and admit I am always taken aback when I read any book by someone who is well educated, has had enough money to live middle class, yet makes choices that go against the self preservation that the feminist leaders of the seventies talked about almost ad nauseum.

The one element of the book the author doesn't deal with and she notes up front on page 2 'Since this is a book about money, I won't go too deeply into the losing-the-marriage part'. I note this simply because every book on finances and divorce note that money is the number one issue or cause, so looking deeper into this aspect would have been helpful if not interesting and educational for a lot of women.

Again she notes on page 8-9 'So it was five weeks later, at the age of forty-two, I bumped down on the stormy tarmac of San Francisco International Airport with no job, no home, and no clue what was going to happen. I had those hundred-dollar bills and, as it turned out, a small savings account, but almost everything else -- even the joint credit card I carried--was in my husband's name and under his control half a world away'.

Again I was shocked that in the years since the feminists had driven home the message that no woman should ever be dependent on a man and all women should have their own credit that I was reading of a woman who in her own words had fallen thru the cracks of what she knew was required.

This is what makes this book so important.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I hate liz perle because she said happy tree friends is for nobody
Published 11 days ago by hope vigil
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I couldn't get through this book. I was forcing myself to continue since I paid for it. I finally decided life is too short and I shouldn't waste my time; it's now being used as a... Read more
Published on July 27, 2010 by ChicagoMama
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Even Worth Borrowing From the Library
Thankfully I got this book in the Bargain Books but even the amount I paid seems too much. This book wasn't really a memoir nor would I call it a self-help book b/c it wasn't... Read more
Published on April 25, 2010 by nycitygirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Educational. A Bit Voyeuristic. Honest.
Having divorced within recent history, it was time to begin reading books on money. (I did Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace seminars first, and although I don't buy the religion, I... Read more
Published on December 23, 2009 by Leisa A. Hammett
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone.
I've read a lot of reviews that claim this book is a "must-read" for every woman. While it definitely carries a significant warning message, it's only meant toward women who fall... Read more
Published on March 11, 2009 by Julia Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Money patterns illuminated
This is a great book to help not only women but men identify money patterns that are not productive. These patterns can run our entire life and be very hard to detect and change. Read more
Published on December 20, 2008 by Knowledge Seeker
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for every woman!!!!!
This book brings to light our approach to money and money matters in a very entertaining and perceptive way. Read more
Published on May 9, 2008 by blu sky
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent wake up call
liz perle's memoir is a memoir many women could have written, in that a lot of us have that story. i appreciated her willingness to take money, long a dirty and avoided topic, out... Read more
Published on May 6, 2007 by caroline donahue
3.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't relate
The author constantly talks about how she and all her friends were raised to think that they would grow up to be taken care of by a man. Read more
Published on April 9, 2007 by Sunny16
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for women
I am a Financial Planner (CFP) and can recommend this book to everyone. The modern women should use this as guide line to life.
Published on November 13, 2006 by N. M. Sacks
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