Financial Literacy Book Club

Every month, we discuss chosen contents (book, movie, magazine, Ted Talk...) with a financial flavor. Please call or sign up if you plan to attend.

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Past Selections

How to money by Jean Chatzky book cover of young person looking at different industries that cost money.
 

There's no getting around it. You need to know how to manage money to know how to manage life - but most of us don't! This illustrated guidebook from New York Times bestselling author and financial expert Jean Chatzky, Kathryn Tuggle, and their team at HerMoney breaks down the basics of money-how to earn it, manage it, and use it- giving you all the tools you need to take charge and be fearless with personal finance. How to Money will teach you the basics of: -creating a budget (and sticking to it) -scoring that first job (and what that paystub means) - navigating student loans (and avoiding student debt) - getting that first credit card (and what "credit" is) - investing like a pro (and why it's important!) All so you can earn more, save smart, invest wisely, borrow only when you have to, and enjoy everything you've got!

Get good with money book cover by Tiffany Aliche featuring Tiffany Aliche.
 

Introducing the powerful idea of striving for financial wholeness instead of early retirement or millionaire status: learn the ten short-term steps that lead to long-term security. From the simple (best practices for budgeting and saving) to the more sophisticated (investing, taking charge of your credit score, and calculating your insurance needs), use memorable stories, actionable lists and worksheets, and a you-got-this attitude, to build a solid foundation for a life that's rich in every way.

Book cover of the fraud by Zadie Smith. Book cover is yellow and green.
 

It is 1873. Mrs. Eliza Touchet is the Scottish housekeeper--and cousin by marriage--of a once-famous novelist, now in decline, William Ainsworth, with whom she has lived for thirty years. Mrs. Touchet is a woman of many interests: literature, justice, abolitionism, class, her cousin, his wives, this life and the next. But she is also skeptical. She suspects her cousin of having no talent; his successful friend, Mr. Charles Dickens, of being a bully and a moralist; and England of being a land of facades, in which nothing is quite what it seems. Andrew Bogle, meanwhile, grew up enslaved on the Hope Plantation, Jamaica. He knows every lump of sugar comes at a human cost. That the rich deceive the poor. And that people are more easily manipulated than they realize. When Bogle finds himself in London, star witness in a celebrated case of imposture, he knows his future depends on telling the right story. The "Tichborne Trial"--wherein a lower-class butcher from Australia claimed he was in fact the rightful heir of a sizable estate and title--captivates Mrs. Touchet and all of England. Is Sir Roger Tichborne really who he says he is? Or is he a fraud? Mrs. Touchet is a woman of the world. Mr. Bogle is no fool. But in a world of hypocrisy and self-deception, deciding what is real proves a complicated task.

neon green cover with neon pink writing that reads a healthy state of panic, follow Your Fears to Build Wealth, Crush Your Career, and Win at Life
 

Farnoosh Torabi is familiar with fear. Growing up in the 1980s as the daughter of Iranian immigrants, she was warned to proceed with caution and play it safe. She spent her childhood immersed in fear—of rejection, loneliness, missed opportunities, and falling short of her potential. Of course, now her mother says, “It all worked out, didn’t it?” Funnily enough, it did. Farnoosh came to the realization that fear never limited her. Instead, it has become a friend, opening her world and equipping her with the tools and street smarts to navigate life’s trials and thrive on her own terms.



Now, Farnoosh pairs stories from her immigrant upbringing with hard-won industry knowledge and data to show how leaning into your fears can help you take control of your financial future. With clear-eyed advice and an engaging, heartfelt voice, she lays out the nine most common fears that hold us back—both personally and in our financial decisions—and shows how these fears can be pivoted into strengths and mined for wisdom to help us achieve richer, more meaningful lives:



1. The Fear of Rejection and how it leads to self-discovery and where we are loved.

2. The Fear of Loneliness and how it promotes strength, resilience, and empathy.

3. The Fear of Missing Out and how it begs for self-reflection and promotes individuality and boundaries.

4. The Fear of Being Exposed and how it heightens awareness and draws comedy and connection.

5. The Fear of Uncertainty and how it accelerates our goals and finds order in the disorder.

6. The Fear of Money and how it encourages landing on your (true) money story and pursuing financial freedom.

7. The Fear of Failure and how it helps us to embrace red flags and the next right thing.

8. The Fear of Endings and how it sparks action, deepens an appreciation for what endures and unveils the beauty in regret.

9. The Fear of Losing Your Freedom and how it fuels self-advocacy and inspires a legacy.



Discover how to become more self-reliant and financially resilient, how to invite more calm and control into your daily routine, and how to stop hiding from fear and instead invite it into your living room, where it can serve you in building your best life.

three actors faces are viewed through a flag with a man running at the bottom. Text reads 88.
 

The Financial Director for a democratic super PAC behind a frontrunner presidential candidate investigates donations uncovering a conspiracy.

Red book cover with a soccer ball in the middle. Title reads red card how the U.S. blew the whistle on the world's biggest sports scandal by ken bensinger.
 

This month we are meeting on the 4th Wednesday instead of the 3rd Wednesday.

This is the definitive, shocking account of the highest-profile corruption case of recent years, spearheaded by U.S. investigators, involving dozens of countries, and implicating nearly every aspect of the world's most popular sport, soccer, including its biggest event, the World Cup. The case began small, boosted by an IRS agent's review of an American soccer official's tax returns. But that humble investigation soon developed into a huge international corruption scandal that crossed continents and reached the highest levels of soccer's world governing body, FIFA. In Red Card, Ken Bensinger examines the case, and the personalities behind it, in vivid detail. There's Chuck Blazer, a high-living soccer dad who ascended to the highest ranks of the sport while creaming millions from its coffers; Jack Warner, a Trinidadian soccer official whose lust for power was matched only by his boundless greed; and the sport's most powerful man, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who held on to his position at any cost even as international soccer rotted from the inside out. Remarkably, this corruption existed for decades before a determined team of American law enforcement officials began to secretly dig, finally revealing that nearly every aspect of the planet's favorite sport was corrupted by bribes, kickbacks, fraud, and money laundering. Not even the World Cup, the most-watched sporting event in history, was safe from the thick web of corruption, as powerful FIFA officials extracted their bribes at every turn. Bensinger has spent nearly three years researching and writing Red Card. He has pored over documents and interviewed key figures in the U.S. and abroad. This is the only book that tells the full story from inception to conviction, and reveals, for the first time, how the biggest scandal in sports came about.

yellow book cover with text reading stacked, your super-serious guide to modern money management
 

In these uncertain times, the basics matter more than ever. But for most of us, concepts such as investing, budgeting, and getting out of debt just don't float our boats (or 150-foot yachts)--and so we put them off longer than we should. Joe Saul-Sehy and Emily Guy Birken are here to tell you that personal finance can be a lot more fun than you think. (No haberdashery, maritime knowledge, or specialized flatware required.) Learn about everything from side hustles, to hiring a legit financial adviser, to planning for emergencies, to what's new and exciting--and actually worth your time--in financial apps and software. If you're looking for the same old get-rich-quick clichés, avocado toast shaming, or alphabet soup of incomprehensible financial terms, you won't find them here. Instead, Saul-Sehy and Birken take you step by step along the way to financial success, with their signature blend of shrewd financial information and wacky humor.

two older white men stand next to each other wearing suits. text reads, the stacking benjamins show
 

Named 2023 Best Personal Finance podcast by Bankrate.com, The Stacking Benjamins Show has a light and friendly tone. Hosts Joe Saul-Sehy and OG aim to make financial literacy fun for all as they sit around the card table in Joe's Mom's half-finished basement and talk with experts about personal finance, saving, investing, and important money trends. As Fast Company once wrote, the Stacking Benjamins podcast "strikes a great balance of fun and functional." (Stacking Benjamins podcast page).

Listen to one or more episodes and be prepared to discuss.

Money out loud by Berna Anat book cover of Anat dressed in money and holding money.
 

In this nonfiction teen book, "financial hype woman" Berna Anat explains all the stuff young adults need to know about personal finance, covering everything from how and why to make a budget, to understanding the inequalities of our economy and how to work to change them.

The panama papers movie poster of a man in a suit holding his lapels.
 

An explosive, global story, with immediate and ongoing consequences that strikes at the heart of the biggest themes of our times; income inequality, whistleblowers, and corrupt power-brokers manipulating world governments and big business. 

Available on Kanopy for free with your library card.