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IOU: New Writing on Money

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Book of short stories by authors such as Augusten Burroughs, Dan Pope, and Katherine Ann Power. Edited by Ron Slate.
Paperback, 252 pages
Published April 17th 2010 by Concord Free Press (first published April 2010)
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Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
"I mean, if you buy blue jeans, I want to know how much money you have spent on both blue jeans and poetry."

This is a collection of various stories about money and our relationships with it.

Some are poetry and some are essays and some are interviews or short stories. While it's a wide range of authors featured and some essays weren't particularly compelling to me I really enjoyed reading the book. Especially given how Concord Free Press operates it's interesting to read how other people look at
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Received IOU as part of the mission of Concord Free Press.

After finishing IOU, I felt ready to put off reading for the foreseeable future. It's not that it was bad, it just draaaaaaagged. A few of the stories within were even quite engaging, but overall, it was difficult to keep going. But keep going I did, and here are my thoughts.

The book is comprised of short stories (some in the form of "advice"), poems, and two interviews. All of the pieces deal with money in some form. If you like poetry o
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a fabulous collection of essays, interviews, stories, and poems, some by writers I've heard of, most by names who were new to me. There's a fair amount of confessional, with frank discussion of financial mistakes, and mostly steers clear of judgment of others and retains a sense of humor and irony. Very worthwhile. ...more
Aug 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
The concept is cooler than the book itself. It contained a few interesting essays and some poetry that didn't thrill me. It was free, though. The process made me think and I truly appreciate that. It seems unfair to rank a book higher based on those external forces.

Here's the site for the concept. It looks like more free books are coming.
Aug 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Good essays about money from various authors. Some of the essays are very good, others are "duh?". You must read it. It's inspiring. ...more
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Ron Slate was born in Quincy, Massachusetts. He earned his Masters degree in creative writing from Stanford University and studied American literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He edited a poetry magazine, The Chowder Review, for 15 years. From 1994-2001, he was vice president of global communications for EMC Corporation, then was chief operating officer of a biotech/life sciences s ...more

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