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One of NPR’s Best Books of 2020

One of Time’s 100 Must-Read Books of 2020 

From the New York Times best-selling author of I Can’t Date Jesus, which Vogue called “a piece of personal and cultural storytelling that is as fun as it is illuminating”, comes a wry and insightful essay collection that explores the financial and emotional cost of chasing your dreams.  

Ever since Oprah Winfrey told the 2007 graduating class of Howard University, “Don’t be afraid”, Michael Arceneaux has been scared to death. You should never do the opposite of what Oprah instructs you to do, but when you don’t have her pocket change, how can you not be terrified of the consequences of pursuing your dreams? 

Michael has never shied away from discussing his struggles with debt, but in I Don’t Want to Die Poor, he reveals the extent to which it has an impact on every facet of his life - how he dates; how he seeks medical care (or in some cases, is unable to); how he wrestles with the question of whether or not he should have chosen a more financially secure path; and finally, how he has dealt with his “dream” turning into an ongoing nightmare as he realizes one bad decision could unravel all that he’s earned. 

I Don’t Want to Die Poor is an unforgettable and relatable examination about what it’s like leading a life that often feels out of your control. But in Michael’s voice that’s “as joyful as he is shrewd” (BuzzFeed), these razor-sharp essays will still manage to make you laugh and remind you that you’re not alone in this often intimidating journey.

©2020 Michael Arceneaux (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio
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Amazing

I really enjoyed Michael’s 2nd book. I have been a fan of his writing for years and have followed his career since his blog. He is so vulnerable and honest about his debt and how it affects his life. I don’t know him but I’m rooting for him!

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Excellent Book. Very much needed in 2020.

I rarely write reviews but I had to express how much I related to this book and most of the struggles of the author. This is very much needed in the times we are currently facing. Great read.

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Totally relatable!

This book was full of candid stories that were relevant to today’s time. It was refreshing and comforting hearing someone tackle the challenges that come with wanting to go to school and navigating professional goals, aspirations. This was a follow up to his first book.

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Arceneaux for Senate!

So proud and excited to have someone like Michael Arceneaux publishing his works. This book brought me so much joy.

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Love it when a book is narrated by the author

I loved that it was narrated by the author. He does a great job! Highly this book.

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Thoughtful emotional and ever timely

I love Michael Arceneanuxs wring and read all of his work. That said these essays are so very thoughtful and open about about his history and current life.

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Captivating and Fun!

Arceneaux knocks it out of the park with a fun, thoughtful, and painfully honest collection of essays that speak to matters so many can relate on from feelings of inadequacy within one’s career to the repressive ever growing student loan debt crisis, all through the lens of self-awareness with specs of southern charm!

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A Story I didn’t know I Needed

I very much enjoyed his previous book but still was unsure what to expect from this book. Arceneaux’s sense of humor and wit mixed so well with the brutally honest way he spoke about his relationship to money. I loved it very much and I can already tell this is a book I’ll continue to revisit.

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Enjoyed it.

predatory lending and student loans gotta go. Free Education for all Americans. the basic things in life shouldn't be complicated. Let people be successful and Live. more opportunities for upward mobility should be available.

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I tried

having picked up and put down these essays over a period, i have to drop it. I tried and wanted to like this, but most of the essays were lacking. The writing as tough to follow because every thought/point was followed by multiple tangents meant to drive home the point before the writer decided to go back to his original thought. That isn't necessary when the thought is easily understood. I tried...