Women Talk Money: Breaking the Taboo

S. & S. Mar. 2022. 320p. ed. by Rebecca Walker. ISBN 9781501154324. $26. LIT
Novelist Walker (Adé: A Love Story) edits an essay collection about women and their relationships with money, particularly in relation to the COVID pandemic. Walker has selected previously unpublished essays by activists, models, poets, and novelists, including Rachel Cargle, Nancy McCabe, Tracy McMillan, Cameron Russell, Sonya Renee Taylor, and Alice Walker (who is the editor’s mother). The anthology’s essays insightfully discuss women’s experiences with (and without) money: among them are personal tales of student loan and credit card debt, medical care with destabilizing costs, and money lessons learned from one’s mother. The book gives biographical information for each contributor.
VERDICT An eye-opening book with great insights drawn from individual experiences of money, with stories of success and less-than-success. These essays can start conversations going among women who wish to deal openly and honestly with money and finances. Highly recommended.
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