Title: "The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in its Place"
Author: Hill Harper
Publisher: Gotham Books, 2011; 288 pages; $26
Overwhelming: that’s the most frequently descriptor I’m hearing readers and acquaintances use about their personal financial lives these days. Many are still un- or under-employed; others are still reeling from having lost or short-selling a home; others are still tussling with their mortgage servicers in an effort to get an elusive loan modification that actually lowers their principal balance or their monthly payment, or both; and still others are trying to get out of debt, start saving or otherwise position themselves to survive after having gone from a longtime salaried position to a thriving (but seemingly less secure) series of freelance gigs.