Swinehart on Friend’s “Cheerful Money”

David PesciNovember 15, 20091min
Asst. Prof. Kirk Swinehart calls the book ‘Cheerful Money,’ the “memoir of the season—and one for all time.”

Kirk Swinehart, assistant professor of history, reviews the new book by New Yorker staff writer Tad Friend titled, Cheerful Money: Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor. Writing for The Chicago Tribune, Swinehart says Friend” has written the memoir of the season–and one for all time. ‘Cheerful Money’ doubles as a bittersweet family portrait and deceptively subtle ethnography.”