Today, In Our Favorite Free Things: Libraries

When a couple of friends of mine were looking for a new apartment, they told us they had three requirements: some kind of outdoor space; near the park; and within walking distance of a Carnegie library.

How Sarah Hepola, Author Of ‘Blackout,’ Does Money

“I went to school with kids who were vacationing in Aspen and Vail and their parents drove Mercedes and there was this roar in my head that told me I needed that. It’s funny, because as an adult, I’m uncomfortable around extreme wealth, and it’s not something I want for myself. But back then, yeah, I thought that was what success and happiness would be.”

Jill Talbot’s ‘The Way We Weren’t’ Describes Single Parenting and Privation in Academia

When I asked Talbot if she had any advice to share for Billfold readers considering a career in academia, she laughed for a very long time and then asked me to quote her as “laughing for a very long time.”

The Billfold Book Club: Karl Taro Greenfeld’s ‘The Subprimes’

It is hard to read the final chapters of Karl Taro Greenfeld’s The Subprimes and not think of Bree Newsome climbing the flagpole outside the South Carolina State House to take down the Confederate flag.

Publish a Book and Change Your Life, or, Well, Maybe Not

If you were an attorney or an accountant and you said to someone, “I’ve been doing this job for two decades and am finally starting to make money at it,” people would look at you like you were crazy.

Reminder: The Billfold Book Club Is Discussing Karl Taro Greenfeld’s ‘The Subprimes’ on Tuesday, June 30

If you have not yet snagged (or borrowed) your copy of Karl Taro Greenfeld’s The Subprimes, there’s still time to read it before our Billfold Book Club discussion on Tuesday, June 30.

Billfold Book Club, Summer Edition: Karl Taro Greenfeld’s ‘The Subprimes’

Need a beach read for this summer? The Billfold Book Club has got you covered. Our next selection, sent in by one of our trusty readers, is Karl Taro Greenfeld’s The Subprimes.

A Conversation With Craig Lambert, Author of ‘Shadow Work’

Everyone has a slightly different version of which tasks they consider their responsibilities and which tasks they feel like they have been tricked into doing themselves.

The Billfold Book Club: Terry Pratchett’s ‘Men At Arms’

Terry Pratchett’s Men At Arms isn’t specifically about money, but money manages to make its importance known in nearly every interaction, starting on the first page when Corporal Carrot writes his parents that his promotion means an extra $5 a month.

Interview With Dina Gachman, Author Of ‘BROKENOMICS’

Being broke isn’t always hilarious, obviously, often it’s terrifying, but I do think you have to step back and try and gain some sort of perspective about the things you’re experiencing, and knowing when to laugh is crucial.