From breastfeeding etiquette to shopping at Whole Foods, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett writes about the inconspicuous and conspicuous differences in classes based on various activities, mannerisms, and even racial backgrounds.
A colleague of mine amassed wealth making it effortless to retire before the age of forty. It got me thinking of what their lifestyles will look like in the future. I’ve always heard how the wealthy take their vacations, shop and eat, but this time, I wanted to find a book that could tell me more about the differences and similarities between the classes in general. This book was a really great start in funding my curiosity. If you rather listen to it, you should try scribd.com
Read it if: You’re up for an entertaining and easy read, filled with neat factoids about classes, happening in real time.
What’s it about: You’ll learn about the class systems of today and why we do the things we do when it comes to money, class, and status. Elizabeth discusses the aspirational class’s upward mobility to achieve and succeed in everyday social and work life. She does a great job at bringing back historical theorists that discuss the ideas of class and the need to impress or suppress the concept of wealth depending on several geographical, racial, and cultural perspectives.
Is it funny: No, but I find that a non-issue!
The cover: Satisfying to look at, true to the book.
Do I recommend it: I do. I did not expect this book to indulge me the way it did. It was cleverly written and allowed me to see certain examples she used in the book in real-time (cough cough, Whole Foods). Thanks, Elizabeth!