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Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations about Food and Money [Hardcover]

Geneen Roth
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22 Mar 2011
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.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin USA (22 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670022713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670022717
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.1 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 715,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth the investment (in its many forms) 1 May 2011
Format:Hardcover
Geneen Roth is one of my favourite authors whose work is always deeply personal, inspiring, informative and challenging. This is an excellent book in terms of content and production (it would make a lovely gift). One of my favourite passages is from p182 "Money is expensive--we pay for it with moments that will never come again--and then we toss those moments away as if they have nothing to do with us. ... [we flick our] money away as if what happens to it after it leaves [our] hands has no relation to what it cost[s us] to have it." Thank you, Geneen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting way to deal with overspending 20 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover
I have been reading Geneen for a while now and she has changed my life. I think this book is a excellent read anyone who feels guilty about spending lots then they try and save after this book is for them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book..! 4 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am just finishing this book and I could not imagine how life-changing this book would be for me. It had never occured to me that my attitude towards food follows the same pattern with my attitude with money. The same way I diet and then binge over and over again, I save money and then start shopping with no end. It seems like we all have a software in our brains and we use this subconsciously to all aspects of our lives without realizing it. Geneen helped me identify this and with this knowledge, I feel much more powerful to change the way I think and behave.
Moreover, I really admired the way she dealt with the loss of all her lifetime savings and how she used such a 'disaster' to get to know herself better and realize how greedy and unsatisfied she was before with 1 million dollars in her bank account!
As I was reading the book, I had many 'aha' moments and felt that I could be the one writing these lines. It is very soothing when one feels that other people feel likewise.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what the point was 26 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback
I really struggled with this book. I found it repetitive and self-indulgent. The author keeps harping back to her relationship with food and while that may have some relevance, it's not supposed to be the point of the book. Not everyone reading the book will have issues around food - I thought the book was meant to be about money.

All the time while reading, I was waiting for the author to get to the point - tell me how you found your life after losing all your money, pass on the lessons you learned, give me some advice to help me manage my own financial life. The book never did reach the point, or if it did, I entirely missed it.

The book is full of examples about the (poor) attitude of her students to money but never seems to address the issues raised. I sent it back for a refund, at least that's 8+ pounds more money in my life!

Seriously, though Ms Roth writes well and possibly there are pearls of wisdom, there was not enough there to fill a book. A short article maybe.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm not sympathetic. 21 May 2011
By H J Mac
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I think this book is really worth sticking with, because there are a lot of interesting insights. It's given me a lot of food for thought, especially about the reasons why people lose and regain the same weight all through their lives.

However it's a bit of a slog at first, because it's really hard to empathise with someone who gave 1million to Bernie Madoff. I'm sure she's made it back on book sales since, but the majority of us are facing real life cuts, especially at the moment, and couldn't dream of ever earning that sort of money if our lifetimes salary is added up. I don't feel sorry for any of Madoff's rich clients, and the bits of the book where she goes on about this were a bit difficult to stomach.

I don't mind that I've given her 10 (kindle edition..) towards her millions, that's fine, because she has helped me with her books, I just found it a bit painful to read about these poor rich people.
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