We Need to Talk: A Memoir about Wealth
When Jennifer Risher joined Microsoft in 1991, she met her husband, and with him became an extra-lucky beneficiary of the dot-com boom. By their early thirties, they had tens of millions of dollars. Today, there are millions of people like her. Jennifer's thought-provoking, personal story includes the voices of others in her demographic and explores the hidden impact of wealth on identity, relationships, and sense of place in the world. At a time when income inequality is a huge problem, our country's economic system is broken, and money is still a taboo subject even among those closest to us, this engaging, introspective memoir is essential reading: a catalyst for conversation that demystifies wealth and inspires us to connect.
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About the Author
Jennifer Risher was born in Seattle, Washington, grew up in Oregon, and graduated from Connecticut College. She joined Microsoft in 1991 where she worked as a recruiter and then as a product manager. She and her husband, David, have two daughters and live in San Francisco, where David is CEO of Worldreader, a nonprofit he cofounded with a mission to create a world where everyone is a reader. We Need to Talk is Jennifer's first book.
An enlightening, deeply personal story written with introspection and grace, We Need to Talk explores how financial success impacts friendships, children, charity, and family. You need to read this book.
--Scott Cook, co-founder of Intuit and member of the Giving Pledge
Too often we either envy or disparage the wealthy. Rarely do we think about them as 'just like us.' But in this heartfelt memoir, Risher walks us through both the advantages and the challenges that wealth cultivates. Ultimately, as she says, 'We are all ninety-nine percent the same.' In a particularly divided country, it is helpful to be reminded of the fact that most of our needs and aspirations--for security, for health, for connection, and for love--are the same regardless of our bank account.
--Madeline Levine, PhD, author of The Price of Privilege, Teach Your Children Well, and Ready or Not
"I devoured this book! Risher tells a compelling story and opens a crucial conversation about how those at the top feel about their wealth."
--Rachel Sherman, Professor of Sociology at The New School and author of Uneasy Street
"In an era of income inequality, her book, which offers discussion questions about money and wealth throughout, offers a starting point for an uncomfortable subject of increasing importance to everyone...candid and topical."