November RandomCAT: It's all about money...
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This is the time of year where all we talk about is the budget - who gets money, where it comes from, what we use it for...
Here's some more interesting ways to look at it:
- the things some do to get money: e.g. a crime story that's not (only) about murder
- what it means to have money: e.g. a biography about somebody who has or makes money
- what money does to families: e.g. an epic tale of family ties and inheritance
- learn more about money:
or you fill the box in the BingoDOG (one of three boxes I've yet to fill): Money in the title
Enjoy! and don't forget the wiki!
Oh, great theme. This offers a wide range of opportunities. Actually, my most recent read could also fit: Charlie M, where the main character, a spy, is married to a rich woman and she is always afraid of the money question ruining the marriage.
I may read Paper and iron for this, a non-fiction book about monetary politics and finance in Germany on the eve of the hyperinflation of 1923.
I'm not sure if I'm going to manage this month's challenge or not, as I have quite a lot of books lined up for other challenges, but I'm going to try and squeeze in Ann Pettifor's The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of Bankers if I can.
Fun theme and this looks like the perfect opportunity to pick up Crazy Rich Asians since I am one of the few on the planet who hasn't read it yet.
Hmmm. I think I'm going to run with the 'what it means to have money' option, but go toward fiction. I've been meaning to read How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire for a while now, and that will fit perfectly!
I'm going to read Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America. Discusses James McGill Buchanan and the Koch brothers using their billions to get the government that they want.
Oh, I just read Crazy Rich Asians this month. It's definitely all about the money.
haha! I love the way you worked in one of your remaining Bingo squares for your randomCAT theme!
YES! That is one of the squares I have yet to fill as well! I'm filling it very easily, with Black Money, by Ross Macdonald.
I notice that Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann is on three of the four lists from links in >1 sushicat:. Our book club is reading it for our November read so that is one title I'll read. Also, I bought Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams for the September ColorCAT but did not read it. It's on at least one of the lists so I plan on reading it also.
I haven't decided for sure yet, but one I might read is called:
The Value of Nothing: Why Everything Costs So Much More Than We Think / Raj Patel
I just read Sugar Money last month (for that BingoDOG square!); it would be perfect for this.
I love the links to various ways of thinking about this challenge. And I have two weeks to decide what to read. :-)
Possibilities from my TBR shelves include:
American Tabloid by James Ellroy
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
Native Son by Richard Wright
Interesting topic! I think I'll plan to read The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein, which I've been meaning to read for years.
I have completed Crazy Rich Asians and boy, it really is "all about money". It's pure escapism and I really enjoyed this light, romantic comedy.
The Value of Nothing / Raj Patel
This book looks at why things cost what they do. The author, mostly, does a decent job with examples to explain what he’s trying to explain, but much of the actual economics/finance discussion went over my head. He really tried to “dumb it down”, and it’s probably enough for some, but unfortunately, it wasn’t always enough for me. Again, though, his examples were good and made it easier for me to follow. But, economics is just not my interest, so I’m leaving it with an “ok” rating.
In Der Kaffeedieb, the hero forges bills of acceptance from the Amsterdam Wisselbank to finance his scientific habits and is caught. The Dutch East India Company offers him a fortune if he can steal coffee trees from Araby, so they can earn a fortune from breaking the Turks' monopoly on coffee. Great story, well written.
I've just posted December's RandomCAT:
Tod am Nord-Ostsee-Kanal is a historical mystery where fraud by one of the building contractors for the Kiel Canal project is a major element.
I just realised I forgot to post my review here this month!
Ann Pettifor's The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of Bankers was a pretty accessible guide to economics - I'll be honest that some of it went over my head, but I think that might be because I mostly read it at the end of the day; it's definitely one I'll return to. What I did like about it was her 'call to arms' for greater public understanding of the financial system, and her focus on the environment and social issues within her exposition. It's not the easiest read, but I'm glad I read it and have chipped away a little bit of my ignorance about the financial systems that govern so many of our day to day interactions and processes without us even realising it. 4/5.
Finished How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire--full review written :)
H.H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil / Adam Selzer
H.H. Holmes, born Herman Mudgett, did more than murder women in his “hotel” during the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. He was all about money and not shy about committing fraud to gain it. He had a number of alias’s, and he lied all the time. He was “married” to three women, but only legally married to the first, since he never divorced her. He eventually wrote a “confession” with more lies, as he confessed to killing people he couldn’t have. He was only convicted of murdering one person, Ben Pitezel, though it’s fairly certain, he also killed three of Ben’s children. There were a few women who worked for/with him in his “hotel” who were most likely murdered by him.
There is so much misinformation out there. Adam Selzer went to primary sources to write this book. Even many of those are not reliable, but Selzer does his best to sift through all the information and try to come up with the most plausible story of Holmes. It was good, and for enjoyment of/interest in the book, I’d actually give it 3.5 stars (good), but I really want to give it an overall of 4 stars for all the detailed research. I feel like this should be the primary book on Holmes, with all the research that went into it. Selzer also looks at other books/articles written about Holmes and looks deeper into where the information came from for those works to determine how legitimate the information is (including Eric Larson’s “The Devil in the White City”). Well worth the read for anyone interested in learning more about Holmes.
I had originally planned on reading Carnegie's Maid for the Let's Play Cards challenge last month (Old Maid), but I didn't get to it until November. I think Andrew Carnegie is the very definition of money so it fits well here. I liked it, but didn't love it. 3 stars.
I finished The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein. It was super interesting, much more than I thought it would be. Highly recommended.
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