“One of the most powerful determinants of a woman’s quality of life is her relationship with money. If she takes good care of her financial health, she lives life on her terms. If, however, she avoids taking responsibility for this important area of her life, she relinquishes her power to forces outside of herself. In Money, A Memoir, Liz Perle offers a straightforward and deeply personal account of what it takes for women to reclaim their financial and emotional freedom.”
–Cheryl Richardson, author of Take Time for Your Life
“If you want to understand many women’s complex and contradictory attitudes about money, take out your wallet and buy Liz Perle’s very personal and very honest look at the subject in Money, A Memoir.”
–Myrna Blyth, former editor-in-chief of Ladies Home Journal and author of Spin Sisters
“A smart, funny, insightful book on woman and money. Liz Perle writes with love and enthusiasm about this essential topic.”
–Judith Orloff M.D., author of Positive Energy
“This deceptively powerful book is a must-read for any woman who really wants to be in control of her life. Written with humor and hard-won wisdom, I hope it inspires women to really look honestly at what at their relationship is to money. It’s an examination that’s long overdue.”
–Arianna Huffington, editor of the Huffingtonreport.com
“Change is in the air. Someone finally has the courage to be straight about women’s emotional struggles with money. Every woman who reads this touching, smart and true book will come away with more insight into one of the most important relationships in her life -– the one between her and her pocketbook.”
–Debbie Ford, author of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers and The Best Year of Your Life
“This is a book for any woman who feels uncomfortable with the subject of money, i.e., nearly all of us. It proves what Simone de Beauvoir wrote fifty years ago — that women will always be the second sex until we take financial responsibility for our lives. Part autobiography, part social science study, Money, A Memoir is an intelligent, reader-friendly book that couldn’t be more timely.”
–Marilyn Yalom, author of History of the Wife and Birth of the Chess Queen
“A book that really nailed the meanings and mysteries of money as it relates to gender: priceless.“
–New York Times Book Review
“When a woman buys a $300 pair of shoes, it’s not often about the heels. How women spend is directly affected by their emotions. ‘We continue to consume because we have come to believe that a life of love, comfort and safety for ourselves and for our children can be obtained item by item,’ Perle writes.
“Weaving her own ‘average woman’ tales throughout the book, Perle also includes interviews with 200 other women, psychologists and researchers to offer an enlightening glimpse into women’s relationships with money and what they can do to improve it.
“The tales are spun with good humor, but the book’s staggering statistics (the number of women filing for bankruptcy since 1981 has increased 662 percent; women compose 87 percent of the impoverished elderly) will make you think twice before you charge those wedge-heel boots you’re coveting.
—Maisy Fernandez, The Seattle Times
“What’s the deal with women and money, anyway? Shockingly, more women will file for bankruptcy this year than will graduate from college. Liz Perle, the author of Money, a Memoir (Henry Holt), had her own moment of reckoning. At age 42 she found herself suddenly divorced, homeless, and penniless, with a small son to raise. So how did a formerly successful publishing executive end up broke? And why do so many other women wrestle with managing their financial lives?
“The tale of how Perle got back on her feet is interspersed with stories of other women’s fears and hang-ups about getting and spending. Perle can be hilarious, as when she writes about her inner stewardess, whose “advice should be avoided.” Although at times this book seems a transparent bid to get on Oprah, Perle tackles some intriguing and important questions about a subject that too many nice girls were raised never to talk about at all.
“Women know more about each other’s sex lives, says San Francisco author Liz Perle in her fascinating new book, than they do about each other’s finances. How much women make, how much our partners make, and how much we still equate being taken care of financially with feeling loved and safe-those are still dirty little secrets, says Perle, and she’s telling the world. Part sociological treatise, part musing on what our mothers did and didn’t teach us about trading sex for cash, part rueful confession, this book will force both men and women to ask hard and important questions about love, marriage, and money.“
–San Francisco magazine
“When Liz Perle was 42, her husband’s company transferred him to Singapore. Soon after she arrived to join him, their 4-year-old in tow, he brusquely informed her their marriage was over. Before she knew it, Perle found herself on a flight to San Francisco, with only the $1,500 her husband had thrust at her in the airport. How did a well-educated woman who had always held a good job suddenly end up broke? For a lot of reasons, Perle says, but primarily because she had an evasive relationship with money — wanting to have it but not wanting to manage it — and believed in the Prince Charming ideal of a husband. ”In spite of years of paying my own way, I couldn’t hand over the checkbook fast enough,” she says of her first marriage. Money is not a self-help book, but a warm, honest, cautionary tale. Grade: A”
—Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly