Dina Gachman has mixed two disparate elements — comedy and the economy — into her popular blog, Bureaucracy for Breakfast, and now into her new laugh-out-loud self-help handbook, Brokenomics: 50 Ways To Live the Dream on a Dime, written specially for the cash-strapped among us.
The author, who’s a regular contributor to Forbes, actually has Cowtown roots. She grew up in Fort Worth’s Westcliff neighborhood and attended Country Day before her family moved to Houston. Gachman lives and writes now in Los Angeles.
Her 264-page collection of tips and essays is divided into eight parts:
▪ Philosophies, including the chapter “Stop Trying to Keep Up With the Joneses (or the Carters or the Kardashians).”
▪ The Basics, including “The Joy of Haggling.” Gachman suggests yes to cars, no to taxes.
▪ Home, including “The Freeloader’s Guide to House-Sitting” for renters.
▪ Travel and Leisure, including “How to Fix Your Car With Velcro (and Other Tricks No Mechanic Will Tell You).”
▪ Fashion and Beauty, including “Can’t Afford a Tailor? A Stapler Works Just Fine.”
▪ Education, including “So You Want to Major in Philosophy.”
▪ Work, including “How to Survive a Layoff.”
▪ Love and Relationships, including “Nobody Writes Odes About Romance and Finance.”
It’s billed as a perfect book for college graduates, couples, and anybody facing financial and career crises.
Gachman is now working with an agent on a TV pilot version of her book.
— Celeste Williams
Brokenomics: 50 Ways To Live the Dream on a Dime
by Dina Gachman
Seal Press, $16
Audiobook: Blackstone Audio, $29.95; read by the author.