Books

Reader Q&A and Recommended Reading

by Julie on February 11, 2014 · 4 comments

My daughter Lindsey and I recently received a reader question through the U.S. News & World Report site where we wrote a blog for two years. The question is a common one so I wanted to share it here. Here’s what the reader wrote: My daughter is not going to a school for a certain […]

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Twitterature: July 2013 Edition

by Julie on July 15, 2013 · 9 comments

Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy has a fun feature she does each month called Twitterature. She describes it as short, casual reviews of books you’ve been reading. They’re done Twitter-style, which explains the clever name, and I’ve long wanted to participate in Twitterature, since I’m rarely up for writing a long book review. So it looks […]

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I’m drawn to books with a strong sense of place. The kinds of books where the setting plays a major role, almost like a character. So it’s not surprising that three of my favorite authors write books that fall into this category. Mary Kay Andrews I first discovered Mary Kay Andrews when I was getting […]

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Get Out of Debt Like the Debt Heroes

by Julie on March 25, 2013 · 4 comments

Every day people find The Family CEO through search terms like these: How I got out of debt (199 searches so far this year) Get out of debt stories (135 searches) Getting out of debt success stories (82 searches) Debt success stories (77 searches) How I got out of debt blog (74 searches) Debt payoff success […]

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The nice folks at H&R Block have created an infographic for President’s Day. Some things I found interesting: Both of these guys were really tall. Lincoln was only 56 when he died. Why did I think he was older? There was no federal income tax when Washington was President and only two income tax rates […]

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Like the rest of the free world, it seems, I’m a Downton Abbey fan. Actually, my whole family is. From my parents to my husband to my college-aged daughter and high school son. We’ve all found something to love in Downton. My daughter actually drives the 30 miles or so from college to home each […]

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Book Club Report: What Alice Forgot

by Julie on February 1, 2013 · 15 comments

On Tuesday it was my turn to host book club at my house. Our book club began 10+ years ago (no one can quite remember exactly the year) when our kids were all students at the same elementary school. There are 12 of us, and while there have been a few additions and subtractions over […]

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Happier at Home Book Giveaway

by Julie on December 31, 2012 · 52 comments

The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. – William Morris, “The Aims of Art” This quote is how Gretchen Rubin’s book Happier at Home begins. This quote is also how I immediately knew I was in the right place, because I have a […]

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Book Club: Library Sale Edition

by Julie on May 4, 2012 · 10 comments

Last month I stumbled up on a used book sale at the library. I spent a glorious hour or so picking through books while I listened to two volunteer library sale staffers talk a little too loudly about some library gossip. Loved that part. Nothing like a little entertainment with your book shopping. Anyway, I […]

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Interview with Author Zac Bissonnette

by Julie on December 27, 2011 · 12 comments

Zac Bissonnette is an Associate Producer at CNBC. He is also a writer and author of the book Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents. There are a lot of books about college on the market, but Zac’s is unique. For starters, Zac wrote the […]

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