A first-rate guide for women of any age looking to increase their wealth and feel confident doing so.

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Financial adviser Boisvert offers women a crash course in fiscal literacy paired with a bit of friendly therapy.

The author uses her own experience as an example of how one can increase their wealth through strategy and planning. She divides her book into four simple parts and opens with an account of growing up in a financially precarious single-mom household. First, she guides readers through discovering how they think about money, offering therapylike worksheets to examine preconceptions about money that readers may have formed as kids. The second section is about growing confidence through budgeting and demolishing excuses. Next, Boisvert encourages women to stay engaged with their income: “Because at the end of the day, it’s your money and the person who will love and care about it the most will always be you.” Along the way, she supplies examples drawn from her own life and those of women she’s helped as a financial adviser. Finally, the book urges women to truly embrace what money means in terms of what they value: traveling, education, early retirement, and so on. She references the work of self-help authors Brené Brown and Wayne W. Dyer at various points, and although there’s a bit of an affirmational vibe to this book, it’s fully supported by solid monetary guidance and insightful personal advice. Indeed, it’s Boisvert’s affable and compassionate voice that truly makes this book stand out. She never lectures readers on what they ought to be doing with their money; instead, she comes across as a kind friend offering invaluable counsel. Although her book’s message could have easily been watered down into something aimed at male or female readers, Boisvert admirably remains steadfast in her goal “to support women, to help them overcome their insecurities around money, and to help them believe in themselves and what they were capable of in their financial lives”—and frankly, she nails it.

A first-rate guide for women of any age looking to increase their wealth and feel confident doing so.

Pub Date: July 11, 2023

ISBN: 9781738670284

Page Count: 238

Publisher: re:books

Review Posted Online: July 11, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2023



Perhaps not magic but appealing nonetheless.

Want to get ahead in business? Consult a dictionary.

By Wharton School professor Berger’s account, much of the art of persuasion lies in the art of choosing the right word. Want to jump ahead of others waiting in line to use a photocopy machine, even if they’re grizzled New Yorkers? Throw a because into the equation (“Excuse me, I have five pages. May I use the Xerox machine, because I’m in a rush?”), and you’re likely to get your way. Want someone to do your copying for you? Then change your verbs to nouns: not “Can you help me?” but “Can you be a helper?” As Berger notes, there’s a subtle psychological shift at play when a person becomes not a mere instrument in helping but instead acquires an identity as a helper. It’s the little things, one supposes, and the author offers some interesting strategies that eager readers will want to try out. Instead of alienating a listener with the omniscient should, as in “You should do this,” try could instead: “Well, you could…” induces all concerned “to recognize that there might be other possibilities.” Berger’s counsel that one should use abstractions contradicts his admonition to use concrete language, and it doesn’t help matters to say that each is appropriate to a particular situation, while grammarians will wince at his suggestion that a nerve-calming exercise to “try talking to yourself in the third person (‘You can do it!’)” in fact invokes the second person. Still, there are plenty of useful insights, particularly for students of advertising and public speaking. It’s intriguing to note that appeals to God are less effective in securing a loan than a simple affirmative such as “I pay all bills…on time”), and it’s helpful to keep in mind that “the right words used at the right time can have immense power.”

Perhaps not magic but appealing nonetheless.

Pub Date: March 7, 2023

ISBN: 9780063204935

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Harper Business

Review Posted Online: March 23, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2023


Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our...

A psychologist and Nobel Prize winner summarizes and synthesizes the recent decades of research on intuition and systematic thinking.

The author of several scholarly texts, Kahneman (Emeritus Psychology and Public Affairs/Princeton Univ.) now offers general readers not just the findings of psychological research but also a better understanding of how research questions arise and how scholars systematically frame and answer them. He begins with the distinction between System 1 and System 2 mental operations, the former referring to quick, automatic thought, the latter to more effortful, overt thinking. We rely heavily, writes, on System 1, resorting to the higher-energy System 2 only when we need or want to. Kahneman continually refers to System 2 as “lazy”: We don’t want to think rigorously about something. The author then explores the nuances of our two-system minds, showing how they perform in various situations. Psychological experiments have repeatedly revealed that our intuitions are generally wrong, that our assessments are based on biases and that our System 1 hates doubt and despises ambiguity. Kahneman largely avoids jargon; when he does use some (“heuristics,” for example), he argues that such terms really ought to join our everyday vocabulary. He reviews many fundamental concepts in psychology and statistics (regression to the mean, the narrative fallacy, the optimistic bias), showing how they relate to his overall concerns about how we think and why we make the decisions that we do. Some of the later chapters (dealing with risk-taking and statistics and probabilities) are denser than others (some readers may resent such demands on System 2!), but the passages that deal with the economic and political implications of the research are gripping.

Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our minds.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-374-27563-1

Page Count: 512

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: Sept. 3, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2011

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