Learn more about Jennifer Risher here.
BOOK OF THE MONTH
We Need To Talk: A Memoir About Wealth is Bookclubz' Book of the Month.
Use these discussion questions to guide your next meeting.
ABOUT THE BOOK
At twenty-five years old, Jennifer took a job at Microsoft and got lucky. She met her future husband, David, and the stock options she was granted were worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Years later, when David joined a small, unknown startup called Amazon.com, they got lucky again. They were in their early thirties and had more money than they could wrap their heads around. But after growing up with middle-class values, saving her pennies, wary of the rich, Jennifer was embarrassed by their windfall. She was worried about raising spoiled, entitled children, shocked to have a friend ask for $25,000, and surprised to discover that philanthropy isn’t as straightforward as just writing a check. Upset about a friend’s jealousy and her brother’s resentment, she felt alone. Even though 8 out of 10 people with wealth grew up middle class or poor, no one talks about the emotional issues that arise. Money is a taboo subject.
We Need to Talk demystifies and humanizes wealth. The book compels us to examine our relationship with money and offers a starting point for conversations. No matter how much you have in your bank account, if you have parents, siblings, a partner, friends, you likely know that money is uncomfortable to discuss. We don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, face rejection or fail to measure up. We all have “money shame” and “money guilt.” But staying quiet about money keeps us at a distance. We Need to Talk is a catalyst for conversation to help us connect, learn from each other, and shake up the status quo.
This discussion guide was posted in partnership with the book's author, Jenifer Risher.
THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
What assumptions, emotions, and thoughts about money were part of your childhood? What beliefs have you let go of? What have you held onto?
Do your parents approve of the way you handle money? Do they still influence how you think about finances?
How does money connect or disconnect you from other people?
We Need To Talk: A Memoir About Wealth
Learn more at...
The Challenges Of The Newly Rich: Facing Judgment And Finding Their Way. Forbes, Dennis Jaffe
Four Questions to Demystify Your Relationship with Money New York Times, Dan Sullivan
Talking About Wealth Crazy Money podcast with Paul Olliger
We Need to Talk...About Wealth Creating Community for Good Podcast with Lindsay Simonds
Wrestling With Wealth Psychology Today