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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!
An easy and tasty homemade salsa recipe that is both fresh and healthy. Great for parties of two or four.
3 plum tomatoes 🍅, diced
1 lime, squeezed (I like my salsa super tangy, so start with 1/2 lime, and see how you like it).
1/4 cup of cilantro 🌿
1/4 cup of white onion 🧅, diced.
1 teaspoon of salt 🧂(more, if you’re okay with it)
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
1 sharp knife
A big bowl
A small bowl (for your powders)
A volunteer to taste your concoction.
Instructions: Start dicing the tomatoes until they’re small, like chiclets or teeth. Then dice the onion into smaller versions of that. Grab the cilantro and finely chop it up so they look like tiny flakes. Mix them around. Let these ingredients sit with each other while you grab the salt, pepper, chili powder and mix them in a separate bowl.
After that, squeeze the lime juice into the bowl with tomatoes, onion, and cilantro. Once mixed, add the powdered ingredients and mix some more. Voila!
I made this salsa during a family gathering, and there was a lot of seafood surrounding me. Even though I’m not a fan of seafood, this salsa goes really great with oysters and shrimp. It brings out the taste (I suppose) and really puckers your lips.
If you’re like me and don’t eat seafood, snag some chips to eat it with, or add black beans to make it into a nice dip.
What’s it about: “The Marge,” as she calls herself, describes the less than idealistic mother-daughter relationship she survived and confesses how this role reversal affected her romantic relationships. Margaret also reveals the family-in-business dynamic she’s created.
Is it funny: It’s not, sadly no. Some of the one-liners were not even close to comical but rather a bit uncomfortable to listen to; I don’t think Margaret needed to say some of them; they sounded forced and used more for added shock-value.
The cover: Fascinating color scheme. Great choices, Margaret!
Do I recommend it: No. This book is an easy read for the beach; if you’re curious about the housewives of New Jersey and want to know a little more about what’s said on the show that the cameras don’t show. I don’t deduce that this will alter your way of life. While Margaret does give life advice, I didn’t gain valuable insight, personally. The meat of the story (in my opinion) was the infidelity she committed (twice; one which led to her second marriage) and the sexual harassment she faced from previous business partners. Other than that, there was little depth. I was able to relate to the strained relationship she had earlier on in life with her mother, and that was a very vulnerable moment that I did appreciate.
I will note that I enjoyed Margaret’s positive energy she described throughout the hardships she endured. She sounds like a girls girl who would be great to go on vacation with or brunch. Hope this helped you choose your next read.