Archive for the ‘Book Reviews’ Category

Book Review: The Market Wonders by Susan Briante

Book Review: The Market Wonders by Susan Briante

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Wall Street

I met Susan Briante at a poetry reading recently. It was her reading, from her book of poems The Market Wonders, in particular. I had a sense that I could learn quite a bit from talking with her. A poetry book about The Dow, and market values, and human values? How could I resist reading and […]

Book Review: The Pickup by Nadine Gordimer

Book Review: The Pickup by Nadine Gordimer

By The Banker | Book Reviews

Julie, the privileged white woman of Johannesburg and Abdu, the illegal immigrant at the car repair garage, come together, improbably, in Nadine Gordimer’s The Pickup. Each may benefit from the other to fulfill their most urgent quest. Julie has already eschewed the comforts of her father’s world in The Suburbs. She probably already suspects, unconsciously, that the pretensions of her young […]

Book Review: Risk Savvy by Gerd Gigerenzer

Book Review: Risk Savvy by Gerd Gigerenzer

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Personal Finance

Gerd Gigerenzer wrote Risk Savvy: How To Make Good Decisions in the spirit of Nate Silver’s The Signal and The Noise, and Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos. These latter books propose a “How To Think” while also proposing that people should be taught to think differently, and stop making epistemological errors. Distinct from The Signal […]

Book Review: The Lives of Animals by J.M. Coetzee

Book Review: The Lives of Animals by J.M. Coetzee

By The Banker | Book Reviews

I’m breaking a series of self-imposed rules in reviewing The Lives of Animals by J.M. Coetzee, assigned to me by a ‘virtual book club’ I joined. First, the book has nothing to do – apparently[1] – with money or finance, so has no place on this blog. Second, obviously, one should never join a book […]

Book Review: The Earl Next Door by Charis Michaels

Book Review: The Earl Next Door by Charis Michaels

By The Banker | Book Reviews

I’m not sure what overlap exists between romance novel readers and Bankers Anonymous readers. Since money and romance mix so poorly I do sometimes think I am in the anti-romance business, continuously attempting to debunk non-rational notions. But we all need a little fun and fantasy wherever we can get it. You have to love […]