A concrete and practical, if sometimes-repetitive, guide to the stock market for the beginner.




A neophyte investor shares his experiences and insights as he learns to navigate the world of financial investment by using a fantasy portfolio.

Slauter lays the groundwork for his investment “diary” in his book’s first section, “The Set Up,” a vivid, engaging account of the emotional and financial effects of his aging parents’ decline and his father’s death. During this time, the author says, he first realized just how expensive getting older could be, so he became determined to take responsibility for his mother’s security by finding out as much as he could about investing. He came up with a fail-safe way to learn without losing—he set up a fantasy investment plan, followed it for a year, and compared it with his mother’s existing investments. His next steps were to keep careful records and share his results with other would-be investors. In 14 subsequent chapters, the author details his fantasy stock portfolio and offers a month-by-month accounting of their activity, including spreadsheet charts of gains and losses. Each chapter ends with a “Lessons Learned” section; at other points, he includes definitions of important terms, among other useful notes. Slauter’s book is packed with information, and he’s clearly a methodical problem-solver with the patience, energy, and skills to do the extensive research needed to develop an investment portfolio. Unfortunately, the promise of the first, compelling chapter isn’t realized in the rest of the book. Readers who don’t share Slauter’s attention to detail may find it hard to stick with his meticulous approach—and perhaps such readers aren’t temperamentally suited to managing their own stocks. Still, the author does a good job of conveying the frustrations of dealing with bureaucratic institutions and email scammers, and he points out repeatedly that investing is hard, confusing, and emotional. Debut illustrator Fuchs’ color images are well-drawn and often appealing. However, some of their captions, such as “You know you’re a novice investor when…you think DOW is a kind of boat,” fall a little flat, and the only investor they depict is white and male.

A concrete and practical, if sometimes-repetitive, guide to the stock market for the beginner.

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Publisher: Lee and Lea Publishing

Review Posted Online: Dec. 23, 2017

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Doyle offers another lucid, inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.

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More life reflections from the bestselling author on themes of societal captivity and the catharsis of personal freedom.

In her third book, Doyle (Love Warrior, 2016, etc.) begins with a life-changing event. “Four years ago,” she writes, “married to the father of my three children, I fell in love with a woman.” That woman, Abby Wambach, would become her wife. Emblematically arranged into three sections—“Caged,” “Keys,” “Freedom”—the narrative offers, among other elements, vignettes about the soulful author’s girlhood, when she was bulimic and felt like a zoo animal, a “caged girl made for wide-open skies.” She followed the path that seemed right and appropriate based on her Catholic upbringing and adolescent conditioning. After a downward spiral into “drinking, drugging, and purging,” Doyle found sobriety and the authentic self she’d been suppressing. Still, there was trouble: Straining an already troubled marriage was her husband’s infidelity, which eventually led to life-altering choices and the discovery of a love she’d never experienced before. Throughout the book, Doyle remains open and candid, whether she’s admitting to rigging a high school homecoming court election or denouncing the doting perfectionism of “cream cheese parenting,” which is about “giving your children the best of everything.” The author’s fears and concerns are often mirrored by real-world issues: gender roles and bias, white privilege, racism, and religion-fueled homophobia and hypocrisy. Some stories merely skim the surface of larger issues, but Doyle revisits them in later sections and digs deeper, using friends and familial references to personify their impact on her life, both past and present. Shorter pieces, some only a page in length, manage to effectively translate an emotional gut punch, as when Doyle’s therapist called her blooming extramarital lesbian love a “dangerous distraction.” Ultimately, the narrative is an in-depth look at a courageous woman eager to share the wealth of her experiences by embracing vulnerability and reclaiming her inner strength and resiliency.

Doyle offers another lucid, inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.

Pub Date: March 10, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9848-0125-8

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Dial

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2020

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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