Lost and Found: One Woman's Story of Losing Her Money and Finding Her Life

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Women Food and God maps a path to meeting one of our greatest challenges-how we deal with money.

When Geneen Roth and her husband lost their life savings in the Bernard Madoff debacle, 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 how women's habits and behaviors around money-as with food-can lead ...

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Overview

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Women Food and God maps a path to meeting one of our greatest challenges-how we deal with money.

When Geneen Roth and her husband lost their life savings in the Bernard Madoff debacle, 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 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. With irreverent humor and hard-won wisdom, she offers provocative and radical strategies for transforming how we feel and behave about the resources that should, and can, sustain and support our lives.

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In an interview, Geneen Roth (Women, Food, and God) noted that our relationship with food goes much deeper than health concerns: "It's not just about what you put in your mouth. Food is both concrete and metaphorical—it's something we deal with every day, but it can also be a doorway that leads into the hidden rooms of our lives." In Lost and Food, what we eat and the food we choose to buy are revealed as doorways into our relationship with money and how we feel about being alive. As in her previous books, Roth draws unashamedly on her personal experiences to illuminate the subject at the end of her fork.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452297760
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 258,753
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Geneen Roth

Geneen Roth is a writer and a teacher who has gained international prominence through her work in the field of eating disorders. She is the founder of the Breaking Free workshops, which she has conducted nationwide since 1979. She is also the author of Feeding the Hungry Heart, Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating, and When Food Is Love. A frequent guest on television and radio programs, she has written for and been featured in Tie, Ms., New Woman, Family Circle, and Cosmopolitan. Her poetry and short stories have been published in numerous anthologies. Born in New York City, she now lives in northern California.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: What Was Lost 1

I The Way We Eat is the Way We Spend

1 Only Kindness 13

2 On a Shopping Binge 31

3 Hyperventilating at Target 45

4 Dieting and Bingeing, Budgeting and Splurging 61

5 Stealing Pleasure 85

6 Free Money and Other Fabulous Myths 97

II Cash and Consciousness

7 Being Saved and Saving 111

8 Giving and Receiving 125

9 Enough Isn't a Quantity 141

10 Motherlove and Fathercash 157

11 Women and Money 171

Epilogue: What Was Found 189

Acknowledgments 205

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Simplicity at its core.  Answer to food and money problems is AW

    Simplicity at its core.  Answer to food and money problems is AWARENESS.

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