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Many books offer advice on how to get rich. Some inspire us with a fantasy of being rich. Others poke fun at the rich. We Need to Talk takes an honest look at what it’s really like to have a lot of money. Jennifer explores the impact wealth has on identity, relationships, and sense of place in the world. In addition to telling her story, she interviewed 11 women and included their voices to add different perspectives. At a time when income inequality is a huge problem and money is a taboo subject even among this closest to us, Jennifer hopes to help us start a conversation.
When Jennifer Risher joined Microsoft in 1991, she met her husband, and with him became an extra-lucky beneficiary of the dot-com boom. By their early thirties, they had tens of millions of dollars. Today, there are millions of people like her. Jennifer’s thought-provoking, personal story includes the voices of others in her demographic and explores the hidden impact of wealth on identity, relationships, and sense of place in the world. At a time when income inequality is a huge problem, our country’s economic system is broken, and money is still a taboo subject even among those closest to us, this engaging, introspective memoir is essential reading: a catalyst for conversation that demystifies wealth and inspires us to connect.
Jennifer Risher was born in Seattle, Washington, grew up in Oregon, and graduated from Connecticut College. She joined Microsoft in 1991 where she worked as a recruiter and then as a product manager. She and her husband, David, have two daughters and live in San Francisco, where David is CEO of Worldreader, a nonprofit he cofounded with a mission to create a world where everyone is a reader. We Need to Talk is Jennifer’s first book.