Paul Berton takes aim at the waste and excess of consumer culture with a lively and satire-laced exposé of the rich, famous and totally miserable.
There is little argument that having enough money to meet your needs is important. But beyond that, what makes us happy? Is a lot of money the answer? Is a glamorous life actually glamorous? Must we have thousands of followers on social media, only to have the internet rabble criticize us at every turn? Amid all the fun and frivolity, there is inevitable misery and madness. A double-edged sword. A poisoned chalice. That’s what this book is about: In ten punchy chapters full of anecdotes about the miseries and misfortunes of the affluent, Berton offers readers ten reasons NOT to wish for fame or fortune.
Praise for Misfortune and Fame
"Funny, fascinating and forcefully written," -- Will Ferguson
"Hilariously eye-opening," -- Jamie Tennant
"Clever and comical," -- Vicki Gabereau
Witty and well-written," -- Ian Coutts
"An at once entertaining and treacherous romp through the 'mine-all-mine' fields of exces and overindulgence," -- Jeff Mahoney