Lost and Found

Lost and Found

Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money

Book - 2011
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Penguin Putnam
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Women Food and God explores how emotional issues with money mirror those with food and dieting.

When Geneen Roth and her husband lost their life savings, Roth joined the millions of Americans dealing with financial turbulence, uncertainty, and abrupt reversals in their expectations. The resulting shock was the catalyst for her to explore, in workshops and in her own life, how women's habits and behaviors around money-as with food-can lead to exactly the situations they most want to avoid. Roth identified her own unconscious choices-binge shopping followed by periods of budgetary self-deprivation, "treating" herself in ways that ultimately failed to sustain, and using money as a substitute for love- among others. As she examined the deep sources of these habits, she faced the hard truth about where her "self-protective" financial decisions had led. As in all her books, Roth relates her personal experience with irreverent humor and hard- won wisdom. Here, she offers provocative and radical strategies for transforming how we feel and behave about the resources that should, and ultimately can, sustain and support our lives.

Baker & Taylor
Explores how emotional issues with money mirror those with food and dieting.

Book News
Roth, author of the bestseller Women, Food and God, now inspires women to take a new look at their relationship with money and shows how to break free of old patterns. Her memoir of her family's financial disaster and recovery in the aftermath of the Bernie Madoff scandal is punctuated by reflections on the meaning money has in our lives and the emotional issues that we all struggle with surrounding money. She traces the roots of her own compulsive behavior regarding money, and explains that how we eat and how we spend, dieting and budgeting alternated with binging and splurging, are related to unconscious beliefs that we hold about ourselves. The book features the voices of fellow investors and workshop participants, and includes spending exercises the author has used in her workshops. There is no subject index. Roth has written eight previous books and has appeared on popular news and talk shows. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The #1 best-selling author of Women Food and God explores how emotional issues with money mirror those with food and dieting.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011
ISBN: 9780670022717
Characteristics: 207 p. ; 23 cm


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Jan 01, 2014

The only other book I've read by Geneen Roth was "Feeding the Hungry Heart", which she wrote some 20 years ago and which I remember as an excellent book.
On that basis I borrowed "Lost and Found", expecting it to have useful insights about the correlation between attitudes about food and attitudes about money. It does, but they are buried in a lot of filler about Roth's loss of her million-dollar life savings in the Bernie Madoff scam. If you're interested in reading about Roth's family and financial story, this is a good book; if you're looking to understand women's attitudes about money and how they can be changed, it's not so good.

May 12, 2011

Surprising revelations from a victim of Bernie Madoff.
I could not put the book down for long.
Good read for women, with some fresh ideas on the way we think about food and money.
Gave me pause for thought and hope for change.


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