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Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House
I can't give entirely objective reviews of Meghan Daum's books. We have too much in common. She published her essays on funding a proper post-college ...more
Jul 24, 2010
May 19, 2010
The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches: A Practical (and Fun) Guide to Enjoying Life More by Spending Less
I'm fine with the fact that most of this book was common sense. That's the only kind of personal finance book I'm going to trust anyway. The fact that ...more
Aug 08, 2010
Aug 13, 2010
The Secret Currency of Love: The Unabashed Truth About Women, Money, and Relationships
Not nearly as daytime talk show as the stupid title indicates. Officially, only a third of the book is specific to the money-love connection. Then a t ...more
Apr 11, 2009
Apr 09, 2009
It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff
This is the first thing I've read on organizing, simplifying, etc, so everything was new. And hopefully nothing was very novel because it all seemed p ...more
Oct 03, 2009
Sep 29, 2009
Altared: Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups, and What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings
A nice balance of scenarios by some very entertaining writers. A pretty safe book as a gift for the newly-engaged, in that it's all happy endings. Eve ...more
Oct 08, 2009
Oct 01, 2009
Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You
I don't actually approve of the surface premise of the book -- going through medicine cabinets and such (which he does endorse). I'm very big on perso ...more
Oct 17, 2009
Sep 29, 2009
The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue
A surprisingly funny but very thorough look at contemporary food trends. Each chapter has a slightly different angle, so it doesn't get redundant. Cup ...more
Feb 16, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think
Easy, interesting read. Good companion to the Kessler book, since they touch on very similar themes but from very different (complementary) angles. Ha ...more
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping
The book is basically a diary. The couple makes a resolution at the end of December - inspired by holiday shopping, of course - to try to go a full ca ...more
Apr 2007
Sep 16, 2007
Shoptimism: Why the American Consumer Will Keep on Buying No Matter What
Good current overview of consumerism, covering the behavior of both buyers and sellers. Eisenberg's journalism background means snappier writing than ...more
Jul 11, 2010
Oct 25, 2009
Stop Acting Rich... and Start Living Like a Real Millionaire
This is a decent update of the earlier books. It was published after the housing and stock markets started crashing and periodically touches on that a ...more
Jun 27, 2010
Oct 07, 2009
One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding
I particularly liked the fact that Mead basically lays out as given both that wedding costs are out of control and that most people getting married ar ...more
May 25, 2008
May 25, 2008
Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are
The focus here is on the specific brands we choose when we buy things, rather than on just how much stuff we're buying in general. Although there is s ...more
May 21, 2009
Mar 31, 2009
Trading Up: Why Consumers Want New Luxury Goods--and How Companies Create Them
I mostly picked this up because it was the best choice at the airport bookstore, but I had also read intriguing reviews. And I figured I was one of th ...more
Jul 17, 2008
Jul 05, 2008
Smart Mama, Smart Money: Raising Happy, Healthy Kids Without Breaking the Bank
I ended up just skimming the last half of this. Like most personal finance type books, it's only appropriate/useful for some people. And of course the ...more
Jun 29, 2013
Jul 25, 2012
Anytime Playdate: Inside the Preschool Entertainment Boom, or, How Television Became My Baby's Best Friend
I have a one and a half year old, so this is a big topic of interest in our house. The book reads smoothly enough, and is more balanced than most, but ...more
Nov 25, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
It's So You: 35 Women Write About Personal Expression Through Fashion and Style
Fashion lit without guilt! Picked it up because it included Sandra Tsing Loh. Only recognized three or four other names, but particularly enjoyed Sher ...more
Mar 16, 2008
Mar 15, 2008
Catalog: The Illustrated History of Mail Order Shopping
I've always preferred catalogs to stores, so this was a very appealing idea for a book. And it is full of interesting history and factoids, as well as ...more
Jul 30, 2009
Mar 03, 2009
Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic
Nov 2007
Nov 26, 2007
Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich
Jun 20, 2008
Jun 16, 2008
Shiny Objects: Our Obsession with Possession and the Truth About Why We Buy
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Nov 11, 2011
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less
Jun 26, 2008
Jun 25, 2008
To Marry an English Lord: Or How Anglomania Really Got Started
Jul 22, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More
Jul 02, 2008
Jul 05, 2008
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids
Jun 2011
Jan 02, 2013
Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending
Aug 03, 2014
Jan 17, 2014
Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-Up
Nov 2007
Nov 26, 2007
The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money
May 03, 2015
Apr 24, 2015
Primates of Park Avenue
Jul 12, 2015
Jun 03, 2015
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