What is so powerful throughout each narrative is what one writer calls 'radical honesty,' their openness to confront their relationships with money. As Walker points out, the Great Recession destroyed many dreams; on the other hand, those dreams were fueled by some wrong thinking about dollars and sense. Seen in the light of the trillions 'spent' every year in undervalued domestic labor alone, this should be required reading for any woman.
The anthology’s essays insightfully discuss women’s experiences with (and without) money: among them are personal tales of student loan and credit card debt, medical care with destabilizing costs, and money lessons learned from one’s mother ... An eye-opening book with great insights drawn from individual experiences of money, with stories of success and less-than-success. These essays can start conversations going among women who wish to deal openly and honestly with money and finances. Highly recommended.
Heart-wrenching pieces about the cost of addiction and the price of success for Black women coexist with fascinating, if less sympathetic, reflections on rejecting family wealth and the less-photogenic aspects of being an Instagram influencer. The collection contains universal truths as well as uniquely American ones, such as the contentious notion of having to pay for health care and the bureaucracy of college financial aid. While some pieces feel repurposed, with the topic at hand shoehorned in as an afterthought, for the most part, the essays are thoughtful and expansive, giving readers a glimpse of how people from across the socio-economic spectrum have had to define—and oftentimes reinvent—themselves through the prism of money ... A worthy read, but its true worth will be reflected in the conversations it will start.