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No One Ever Told Us That: Money and Life Letters to My Grandchildren Hardcover – April 3, 2012

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Having grandchildren has been one of the amazing, unexpected joys of my life. In this book, John Spooner does what all grandparents hope to do for their grandchildren. He takes the life and career experiences he has had and finds a beautiful way to share the lessons learned with his grandchildren so that their lives may be better. All grandparents would wish to do the same.

--Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University men's basketball coach and a grandfather


John Spooner is smarter about money and about life than almost anyone I know. As a blessing for all our grandchildren, he has written down what he has learned. Through charming storytelling, John shares his wisdom. Grandchildren and grandparents alike are the beneficiaries.

-- Shelly Lazarus, Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide and a grandmother



Spooner is a phenomenon, as much a psychologist and futurist as an investment advisor.

-- Inc. Magazine



I began listening to John Spooner's life lessons in 1974 - the value of handwritten notes, being held accountable, the unexpected laugh, the importance of being uncomfortable in another country, not our own, and, above all, attempting to have a deep and bountiful heart. It's all here, just open to any page.
- - Lesley Visser, Hall of Fame Sportscaster―

About the Author

John D. Spooner is a prominent investment advisor and veteran author, novelist, and columnist. Among his titles include: Do You Want to Make Money or Would You Rather Fool Around? and Smart People. He is, of course, a grandfather.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455511552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455511556
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My grandfather use to hold my hand and call me his Tuzy. Yeah that was his nickname for me. I would ask why and he said I looked like a Tuzy. Of course I would wrinkle my brow and ask what a Tuzy looked like? You know it...he would answer....YOU! I smiled so much when I was with him. As I aged and grew and learned more and more he would share better words of wisdom. He advised me on buying my first car. What to look for, how to budget cost and repairs, and how to keep it in good shape. He also shared tips on how to be happy with my life. The best advice was to take 5 minutes every day, preferable when I first woke up to count my blessings. That would set the tone for my day. He was right. I am so thankful to have had the time with him that I did.

But not everyone has that joy. College Girl did not grow up with nurturing grandfathers. She never knew the comfort of a leathery hand holding hers. And she also did not get the pearls of wisdom that comes with a full life. So with her fixing to graduate from college I thought I would do my best to share some of that with her. No I do not know the best advice from a grandfather but John D. Spooner does. "No One Ever Told Us That" is his letters that he shares to his grandchildren. And with us too.

He has great advice like my own grandfather. Here are some of his thoughts.

Never call a busy person first thing Monday morning.
Always look as though you know where your going.
Everything you own will fluctuate in value.
Expect to do everything yourself.
Always keep hints of your childhood in life.

There are so many more. With economic times being quite trying it is a time to keep a level head and a strong will power. This can be fortified with sound advice.
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No One Ever Told Us That: Money and Life Letters to My Grandchildren John Spooner has created the ultimate gift for all the young people in your life. This collection of wise insights should be on everyone's gift list for those family members and friends who are graduating from high school or college. It is the perfect gift, any time, for the child or grandchild you love and whose future you can greatly enrich through its sage advice. The contents are timeless, it is an easy read and endlessly enjoyable. I gave one to each of my children, and bought another to leave on the coffee table for visitors to enjoy. The chapters are short, the concepts concise and the writing style truly engaging. Thank you, Mr. Spooner, for this marvelous collection of wisdom and wit!
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John Spooner has blessed us with this delicious gift - be sure to share it with the ones you love. For most of us, discussing money and life issues with family is, at best, awkward. Let John speak affectionately for you! I realized after, this book is really a romance....
Jane Breschard Wilson,
Boston Women Communicators
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I bought this for my son who was a recent college graduate, but since he showed no interest in it, I read it myself. We Americans don't like to be reminded that yes, we have a class system based on wealth. This book surely will remind you of that, if you aren't wealthy. This isn't meant as a criticism of the author, who after all was writing for his own grandchildren, who had a privileged upbringing. So, probably 50% of the book is advice geared specifically for that class. For example, in one chapter, he advises that if you are having trouble getting insurance on your beach house, why then the solution is to switch insurance agents to an agent with some clout. That's quite true, Chubb will bend its underwriting rules for the very wealthy who send them a lot of business. In a similar vein, there are chapters repeating wisdom learned in the locker room of his squash club, and chapters about the need to assemble a team of professional advisers and how to do it, and advice about how big money is fickle money. If that sort of thing is not going to turn off the person for whom you are buying this book, there are valuable nuggets of wisdom in the book about the value of networking and how to go about building a network, advice about how to dress at the club, advice about why it is better to start your career out in a big city. He quotes his own father as advising him, nobody else is going to make you rich -- if you want to be rich, you are going to have to do it yourself.
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I bought this and one other advice book as a high-school graduation gift for my nephew. He could really use good advice about life, for reasons I won't bother going into, but he is not at all receptive, no matter how diplomatically it is delivered. I searched long and hard at the bookstore (sorry Amazon) to find something down-to-earth, appropriate for his age group, and that wasn't 200-300 pages long. This book fit the bill. I figured my nephew would probably roll his eyes when he opened the gift, so in the card I wrote that it is customary to give advice to young people when they embark on the next stage of life, but I preferred to let wiser people do the talking for me (then I included a bit of cash). I don't know whether my nephew has cracked the cover open yet, BUT I decided I should get the Kindle version for myself to see what kind of advice Mr. Spooner is giving on my behalf.

Mr. Spooner's conversational style is very appealing. He relates the topics to events in his own life, which makes his advice feel personal and genuine. Chapters are short, and as the title states, they are presented as letters written to his grandchildren who are college students. Each covers a different topic and ends with a brief statement that neatly sums up the essence of the letter. Mr. Spooner explains that he came from modest means and became successful through discipline and hard work, not because of any special advantages or talent. As he states in the introduction, the letters are about, "the lessons that only come from the tough stuff in life, the absurd, the bumps, the heroes and heroines.
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