‘My Biggest Financial Lesson’ Special Section in NYT

Special Section

Ron Lieber and the team at The New York Times and Marketplace have put together a stand-out special section for Your Money. ‘My Biggest Financial Lesson’ features pieces from a diverse list of writers and thinkers–from Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon on not spending money, to writer Gustavo Arellano on the character of those who pick up the tab (and those who don’t).  Kenneth Feinberg gives his thoughts on handling money in the face of life’s uncertainties–he was in charge of determining payouts to victims of such tragedies as the Sept. 11 attacks and the shootings at Virginia Tech. Other contributors include the rapper Slim Thug, Lizzie O’Leary on profligate spending, and Nicole Childers with a powerful essay on not having a safety net– “If I lost my job for whatever reason, I had no parents to go home to or help me while I got back on my feet. I had learned early on that I would always have to be my own backup plan.”

Lieber has a piece on paying for college and learning a lesson for life and our own Carl Richards (whose new book The One Page Financial Plan is out next week) writes about putting risk in context and finding surer footing.

The section can be read online in full here. Audio accompaniments for all the stories are available from American Public Media’s Marketplace (in the left-hand side of each column’s page) and will be broadcast throughout the week.

Trailer Released for Eric Blehm’s LEGEND

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The trailer for Eric Blehm’s forthcoming LEGEND: A Harrowing Story from the Vietnam War of One Green Beret’s Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines has just been released. The book will be published by Crown on April 28th. In LEGEND, Blehm tells the incredible story of Vietnam War Special Forces staff sergeant Roy Benavidez, who responded to a distress call, jumped from a helicopter, and ran through enemy fire to rescue a twelve-man Special Forces team that was surrounded by hundreds of North Vietnamese Army soldiers. The battle lasted for hours, and Benavidez was severely injured, but he risked everything to rescue the team trapped behind enemy lines.

Marcus Luttrell, retired Navy SEAL and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller LONE SURVIVOR says, “Roy Benavidez is a real badass, a modern day Spartan, the heart of what every warrior prays for when everything goes wrong.” Check out the LEGEND trailer below.

If you pre-order LEGEND, you can receive a signed bookplate from Eric. Details found here.

Eric Ries’ Kickstarter Campaign Goes Live

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Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup, launched a crowdfunded book project and reader community this morning at SXSW.

Eric’s Kickstarter project offers a limited-edition book, The Leader’s Guide, only available through this 30-day campaign. The Leader’s Guide is a 250-page, four-color hardcover book (also offered digitally) that contains the curriculum Eric uses with his startup and corporate clients, as well as scores of never-before-published case studies and stories gathered over the course of five years. It’s in essence a field guide for implementing Lean Startup principles in any work environment.

In addition to offering the book to Kickstarter backers, Eric hopes to turn readers into collaborators by creating a private community, collectively testing and sharing feedback while working through the concepts in The Leaders Guide. If the book is the field guide, the private community will be the virtual classroom and testing ground. This is expected to be a year-long process —  the best learnings from the experience will be included in his next book, to be published by Crown.

The Kickstarter campaign has 24 different levels of backer rewards ranging from $5.00 to $10,000 for individuals and teams, including:

  • The opportunity to spend a day at VC firm Andreessen Horowitz in San Francisco
  • An afternoon in Boulder with Techstars co-founder Brad Feld
  • A chance to attend a live taping of Bloomberg West
  • Three-night trip to Las Vegas to become immersed in Tony Hsieh’s “Downtown Project” and the city’s emerging tech scene
  • Lunch with Jason Calacanis and Eric at The Battery in San Francisco
  • Customized workshops for teams with experienced Lean Startup mentors
  • A special “Two-pizza team” package for entire teams, including books, videos, and a Lean Startup course

The full list of rewards, description, and Eric’s video can be found on the campaign Kickstarter page: http://kck.st/1HSDWMt.

Eric has also written a Medium post about why he’s crowdfunding this next book release which you can find here: Can a Book be a Startup? 

Stay tuned for more updates on the campaign.

**UPDATE: The campaign was fully funded less than 48 hours after launch! Check back on the Leader’s Guide Kickstarter site for stretch goals and more from Eric.

Ice Cream Star Longlisted for Bailey’s Prize


AR-AI698_ICECRE_JV_20150203133630Sandra Newman‘s THE COUNTRY OF ICE CREAM STAR (Ecco/HarperCollins US, Chatto & Windus UK) has been long-listed for the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Shami Chakrabarti, chair of judges, says of the longlist:

“The Prize’s 20th year is a particularly strong one for women’s fiction.  All judges fought hard for their favourites and the result is a 2015 list of 20 to be proud of – with its mix of genres and styles, first-timers and well-known names from around the world. “

The judges will now choose a shortlist of six books, before announcing an overall winner on June 3rd.

The women’s prize for fiction was launched in 1991, after judges failed to shortlist a single female author for the Booker Prize. The award has previously gone to writers including Eimear McBride, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Zadie Smith.

The Washington Independent Review of Books recently compared Newman’s novel to Cormac McCarthy’s The Road“What starts as a story about a young girl trying to save her brother quickly becomes so much more — an unsettling tale of pain, compassion, and the depths of love and desperation.

I’ve never read anything quite like it.”


(Photo Courtesy of Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction)

Adam Targum to Write ‘Fearless’ Film

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Adam Targum, executive producer on Banshee, has been set to adapt Eric Blehm’s bestselling book FEARLESS (WaterBrook Press) for Relativity Studios. In FEARLESS, Blehm tells the story of Adam Brown, whose family and faith helped him to battle drug addiction and devastating injuries to go on to earn his spot on the elite SEAL Team Six. Always the first to volunteer for the most dangerous assignments, Adam’s final act of bravery led to the ultimate sacrifice. He died in action in 2010, fighting with his team in Afghanistan.

Targum said that “Adam Brown’s humanity and his unwavering faith through adversity inspired me in a way no other book or story ever has. I’m honored to be part of bringing it to an even larger audience.”

Christy Fletcher and Ryan Kavanaugh will produce the film. Tucker Tooley will serve as executive producer. Brett Dahl, SVP Production at Relativity, is overseeing the project for the studio.


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