We Need To Talk: A Memoir About Wealth by Jennifer Risher
We Need to Talk: A Memoir About Wealth
A Memoir By Jennifer Risher
We Need to Talk: A Memoir About Wealth gives voice to an experience millions share but no one discusses: what it’s like to have sudden new wealth.
In 1991, at twenty-five years old, Jennifer took a job at Microsoft and got lucky. She met her future husband, David, and the stock options she was granted were worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. His were worth far more. Years later, when David joined a small, unknown startup called Amazon.com, they got lucky again. They were in their early thirties and had tens of millions of dollars. The freedom and benefits were obvious. But after growing up saving her pennies and being wary of the rich, Jennifer was embarrassed to have joined their ranks. She wasn’t worried about being liked for her money; she was worried about being hated for it. People looked at her differently. She didn’t know how to ensure her children stayed motivated and not entitled, was shocked when a friend asked for $25,000, discovered philanthropy isn’t as straightforward as just writing a check, and grappled with the meaning of “enough.” For years, she didn’t share her dilemmas with others for fear of being judged. No one talks about money—but we should.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR WE NEED TO TALK: A MEMOIR ABOUT WEALTH
“An enlightening, deeply personal story written with introspection and grace, We Need to Talk explores how financial success impacts friendships, children, charity, and family. You need to read this book.” —Scott Cook, Co-founder of Intuit and member of the Giving Pledge
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Risher was born in Seattle, Washington, grew up in Oregon, and graduated from Connecticut College. She joined Microsoft in 1991 where she worked as a recruiter and then as a product manager. She and her husband, David, have two daughters and live in San Francisco, where David is CEO of Worldreader, a nonprofit he cofounded with a mission to create a world where everyone is a reader. We Need to Talk is Jennifer’s first book.
PUB DATE: September 15, 2020
SIZE: 5.5in x 8.5in