We Need To Talk: A Memoir About Wealth

Xenos. May 2020. 280p. ISBN 9781939096463. $26.95. MEMOIR
Risher debuts with an unusual book. While numerous memoirists have shared their struggles with poverty, fewer authors have focused on the experience of rising to extreme wealth. Risher recounts growing up in a solidly middle-class family in Oregon, then following her best friend to Seattle in the early 1990s after they both graduated college. Her friend went to work at Microsoft, where Risher eventually took a position. The author describes how she and her colleagues, including future husband, David, lucked into wealth beyond their wildest dreams when Microsoft made stock options a part of their compensation package. Eventually, Risher and David both left Microsoft with a tidy fortune; she went on to care for their two children, and he went to work for the then new start-up, Amazon. Still in their 30s, they became millionaires. While readers may not always be sympathetic to her challenges, her real goal is to note that all humans are “99% the same” and all want similar basic things from life.
VERDICT An exciting look into the life of the privileged for curious readers.

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