What do you do if you want to really understand a country, to understand its people and feel its heartbeat? You can follow the rest of the tourists, or you can take the advice of Watergate reporter Bob Woodward’s source, ‘Deep Throat’, and ‘follow the money.’
Starting out in Lebanon, Kansas – the geographical center of America – journalist Steve Boggan did just that in Follow the Money by setting free a ten-dollar-bill and accompanying it on an epic journey for thirty days and thirty nights through six states, across 3,000 miles armed only with a sense of humor and a small, and increasingly grubby, set of clothes. As he cuts crops with farmers in Kansas, pursues a repo-woman from Colorado, gets wasted with a blues band in Arkansas and hangs out at a quarterback’s mansion in St Louis, Boggan enters the lives of ordinary people as they receive – and pass on – the bill. What emerges is a chaotic, affectionate and funny portrait of the real modern-day America. (description from publisher)
The Quad Cities is celebrating Money Smart Week April 18-25th. Besides the multitude of informational programs being offered throughout the week, you can also get more in-depth suggestions from current materials at the library.
In this struggling economy, the Penny Pincher’s Almanac by Reader’s Digest may be just the ticket for many of us. Presented in the typically quick and clever digest style, it’s full of easily accessible ideas.
Who isn’t interested in money? In Greenback: the Almighty Dollar and the Invention of America by Jason Goodwin, the author explains how “money has always been at the heart of the American experience. ”
For practical points on getting out of debt, try Girl, Get Your Credit Straight! by Glinda Bridgforth. The book is organized to encourage readers to get their priorities straight and to plan their spending. It also has ideas on ways to increase one’s income.
Be sure to check out all the events sponsered by the Davenport Library this week including supermarket shopping and budgeting tips as well as a Community Shred Day at the Fairmount Library on Saturday, April 25.