Book Talks: Happy Money & Big Brother

Happy Money: the Science of Smarter Spending by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton

happy moneyIf you think money can’t buy happiness, you’re not spending it right.

The newly released title Happy Money: the Science of Smarter Spending by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton explains why you can get more happiness from your money by following five principles, like choosing experiences over stuff and spending money on others. The authors, two rising stars in behavioral science, describe new research that reveals luxury cars often provide no more pleasure than economy models and that residents of many cities frequently miss out on inexpensive pleasures in their hometowns. With plenty of resources available for people looking for a get-rich-quick scheme but not much for people looking to become happier with the money they already have, this book cracks the money happiness code. By the end, readers will ask themselves one simple question whenever they reach for their wallets: Am I getting the biggest happiness bang for my buck?

For an affordable experience in your hometown visit your branch of the Haliburton County Public Library to request Happy Money or any of the 45,000 volumes in the collection.


Big Brother by Lionel Shriver

bigbroLionel Shriver, author of the international bestseller We Need to Talk about Kevin, has released Big Brother, a novel about siblings, marriage, and obesity.

When Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at the airport, she doesn’t recognize him. In the four years since the siblings last saw each other, the once slim, stylish New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds.

And it’s not just the weight. Imposing himself on Pandora’s world, Edison breaks her husband Fletcher’s handcrafted furniture, makes overkill breakfasts for the family, and entices her stepson not only to forgo college but to drop out of high school.

After the brother-in-law has more than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum: It’s him or me.

Rich with Shriver’s distinctive wit and ferocious energy, Big Brother is about fat—an issue both social and painfully personal. It asks just how much we’ll sacrifice to rescue single members of our families, and whether it’s ever possible to save loved ones from themselves.

Big Brother can be requested in regular or large print through your branch of the Haliburton County Public Library.


*originally aired on 100.9 Canoe FM from June 13 –  26, 2013


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