Book Club

Born to Buy: Pester Power

This is the sixth discussion in a “book club” series on Born to Buy by Juliet Schor, which focuses on consumerism issues and young children. You can jump back to the first discussion if you’d like. This discussion covers the final portion of the third chapter, starting at the subheading “Pester Power” on page 61. …

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Born to Buy: Nickelodeon and the Anti-Adult Bias

This is the fifth discussion in a “book club” series on Born to Buy by Juliet Schor, which focuses on consumerism issues and young children. You can jump back to the first discussion if you’d like. This discussion covers the second portion of the third chapter, starting at the subheading “Kids Rule: Nickelodeon and the …

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Born to Buy: From Tony the Tiger to Slime Time Live

This is the fourth discussion in a “book club” series on Born to Buy by Juliet Schor, which focuses on consumerism issues and young children. You can jump back to the first discussion if you’d like. This discussion covers the first portion of the third chapter ending at the subheading “Kids Rule: Nickelodeon and the …

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Born to Buy: Playing Less and Shopping More

This is the third discussion in a “book club” series on Born to Buy by Juliet Schor, which focuses on consumerism issues and young children. You can jump back to the first discussion if you’d like. This discussion covers the second half of the second chapter starting at the subheading ”Playing Less and Shopping More,” …

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Born to Buy: The Changing World of Children’s Consumption

This is the second discussion in a “book club” series on Born to Buy by Juliet Schor, which focuses on consumerism issues and young children. You can jump back to the first discussion if you’d like. This discussion covers the first part of the second chapter, “The Changing World of Children’s Consumption,” which appears on …

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Born to Buy: Introduction

This is the first discussion in a “book club” series on Born to Buy by Juliet Schor, which focuses on consumerism issues and young children. This discussion covers the first chapter, “Introduction,” which appears on pages 9 through 18. When I look at the cover of Born to Buy, the first thing I see is …

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What Color Is Your Parachute? The Flower Diagram

This is the fifth part of The Simple Dollar Book Club reading of What Color Is Your Parachute?, a seminal guide to your career. These entries appear weekly, each Monday afternoon, and you’re invited to read along. This entry covers the first part of chapter thirteen in the 2008 edition (earlier editions are roughly similar). …

What Color Is Your Parachute? Killing the Doubts

This is the fourth part of The Simple Dollar Book Club reading of What Color Is Your Parachute?, a seminal guide to your career. These entries appear weekly, each Monday afternoon, and you’re invited to read along. This entry covers chapters ten, eleven, and twelve in the 2008 edition (earlier editions are roughly similar). If …

What Color Is Your Parachute? Determining a Place to Live and a Job to Do

This is the third part of The Simple Dollar Book Club reading of What Color Is Your Parachute?, a seminal guide to your career. These entries appear weekly, each Monday afternoon, and you’re invited to read along. This entry covers chapters eight and nine in the 2008 edition (earlier editions are roughly similar). If you …

What Color Is Your Parachute? The Mechanics of the Job Hunt

This is the second part of The Simple Dollar Book Club reading of What Color Is Your Parachute?, a seminal guide to your career. These entries appear weekly, each Monday afternoon, and you’re invited to read along. This entry covers chapters five through seven in the 2008 edition (earlier editions are roughly similar). If you …

What Color Is Your Parachute? How to Hunt for a Job

This is the first part of The Simple Dollar Book Club reading of What Color Is Your Parachute?, a seminal guide to your career. These entries appear weekly, each Monday afternoon, and you’re invited to read along. This entry covers chapters one through four in the 2008 edition (earlier editions are roughly similar). The book …

A Quick Note About The Book Club Reading of What Color Is Your Parachute

This Monday, the first entry in the book club reading of What Color Is Your Parachute? will be posted, so if you’re interested in participating, you might want to dig out your copy. I will be reading the 2008 edition of the book, but the changes from earlier editions are pretty minimal and you should …

The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Book Club Update Edition

After the splendid discussion yesterday, I found a few themes running through the comments that were pretty consistent: One, the first one went too fast and was posted too frequently. I agree with that quite a bit. Every day was almost overwhelming and caused some people to just start ignoring it. Two, aside from that …

Some Thoughts on the Inaugural Simple Dollar Book Club

Now that the inaugural edition of The Simple Dollar book club is over, it’s time to sit back and look at what was good about it and what was bad about it. First, the good. I think overall it went well, and I know quite a few people out there did get into the book. …

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Your Money or Your Life: Final Reflections

This is the thirtieth and final part of The Simple Dollar Book Club reading of Your Money or Your Life. Want to know more? Your Money or Your Life has done more than any other book I’ve ever read in terms of changing how I view money. It truly brought to life the connection between …

Your Money or Your Life: Additional Resources

This is the twenty-ninth part of The Simple Dollar Book Club reading of Your Money or Your Life. Want to know more? The book closes with an excellent list of resources for materials related to the themes of Your Money or Your Life. I investigated several of these and found a few well worth noting …

Your Money or Your Life: Cushions Make For Softer Landings

This is the twenty-eighth part of The Simple Dollar Book Club reading of Your Money or Your Life. Want to know more? Finally – the last section of the book itself. Although this “book club” isn’t quite finished, this is the last piece of actual text from the book, as today’s reading finishes up the …

Your Money or Your Life: Three Pillars of Financial Independence

This is the twenty-seventh part of The Simple Dollar Book Club reading of Your Money or Your Life. Want to know more? According to Your Money and Your Life, the three pillars of financial independence are capital (the amount you have invested), cushion (a cash reserve/emergency fund), and cache (your saving habits and frugality). This …

Your Money or Your Life: Now That You’ve Got It, What Are You Going To Do With It?

This is the twenty-sixth part of The Simple Dollar Book Club reading of Your Money or Your Life. Want to know more? A lot of people find this final chapter of Your Money or Your Life to be somewhat controversial because of the rather unorthodox investment advice contained within. However, regardless of your financial stance, …