Broke is Beautiful

A timely book discussion with Laura Lee

Author Laura Lee will be reading and signing her latest book, BROKE IS BEAUTIFUL: Living and Loving the Cash-Strapped Life at Book Beat on Wednesday, April 21st from 7:00-8:00 PM. This will be an entertaining and fun event for all ages, and especially anyone facing the realities of a financial downturn. The Book Beat is located at 26010 Greenfield, in Oak Park.

Broke is Beautiful is a fun lighthearted read with wise and witty observations on the “joys of being broke” — its not a how-to guide – but more of a social and cultural book on financial awareness and the lighter side of “debt-free” living in these tight and often high-pressure times. Laura Lee is a local Detroit area author who knows the lay of the land, and lives the broke life proudly.   

brokeWe’re all ignorant, only on different subjects”  — Will Rogers

“…the key to a feast is not the price or exotic nature of the ingredients, it is the degree to which you savor the experience.”  — Laura Lee

The economic downturn has forced nearly everyone into a life of limited means, but author Laura Lee was broke before it was cool. She won’t tell anyone to clip coupons or forego their morning latte—in fact, she won’t give any guidance on how to be saved from a dark financial destiny. Instead she provides readers with a psychological how-to full of fun tidbits. Broke is Beautiful is an insightful compendium of history, inspiration, facts, and humor that all celebrate the lack of money as a gateway to more serenity, self-awareness, and yes, even security.

In the tradition of Alain de Botton’s How Proust Can Change Your Life and Eric Wilson’s Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy, here is an unconventional take on a subject that is relevant to us all. It is quirky comfort for the (literally) poor soul: offering historical and geographic perspective, ponderings on consumerism and credit scores, and even recipes for ramen noodles.

Laura Lee is the author of ten books and is still financially strapped.  Check out her blog; Broke is Beautiful -worth checking out for its oddball celebration on the endtimes of consumerism and its fun-loving take on all that is broke, busted and more spiritually evolved.

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