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Janet MaslinThe Financial Lives of the Poets is less memorable for its title than for the success with which it captures fiscal panic and frustration. Matt ambles though this book delivering blistering wisecracks about the factors that contributed to his family's fall. From an eBay shopping addiction (Lisa thought she was buying valuable collectibles) to a scathing thumbnail summary of the changes destroying the newspaper business, this book is all too dangerously astute. Mixing financial advice with poetry is a terrible idea. But combining the elements of tragedy with a sitcom sensibility is a good one. And it's what Jess Walter continues to do best.
—The New York Times