Thursday, April 12, 2012

BHBC: Lost and Found by Geneen Roth

This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.

In Lost and Found, Geneen Roth discusses her relationship with money before and after losing her life savings as a victim of the Madoff Ponzi Scheme.  Geneen has spent her life learning how to fix her relationship with food and then teaching others how to do the same.  In this book, she discusses how her relationship with money was fueled by the same feelings and beliefs that fueled her overeating.

Right after Geneen finds out about the loss of their life savings, she goes shopping while in New York City and becomes obsessed over a pair of glasses.  She makes her mother and husband come see the glasses and is convinced that her whole life will be better with those glasses.  Ultimately, a different sales clerk makes her see that those glasses aren’t what she wants, waking her from the haze of the obsession. This moment helps her start to understand how dysfunctional her relationship with money is, and how similar it is to her relationship with food.

This book was a little difficult to read, as some of the things she discusses hit close to home.  I've come away with a better understanding of my relationship with both food and money, and I'm looking forward to working towards making changes because of this awareness.

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