Many books offer advice on how to get rich. Some inspire us with a fantasy of being rich. Others poke fun at the rich. We Need to Talk takes an honest look at what it’s really like to have a lot of money.
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.
“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.’”
— Madeline Levine, PhD, author of The Price of Privilege, Teach Your Children Well, and Ready or Not
“An enlightening, deeply personal story written with introspection and grace. You need to read this book.”
—Scott Cook, co-founder of Intuit and member of the Giving Pledge
“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