Want to know how tough is it for many Americans to talk about their financial concerns?
About as tough as any topic you can imagine. Kathleen Burns Kingsbury lays it on the line in her new book, "Breaking Money Silence" (Praeger, $37).
"Almost half of Americans say that the most difficult topic to discuss with others is personal finance and they would rather discuss death, politics or religion" she writes in the book's opening lines. "Take a minute to let that information sink in," she continues. "Many people would rather discuss dying than finances."
Ms. Kingsbury, a financial services industry consultant, explains the goal of her book in her subtitle: "How to Shatter Money Taboos, Talk More Openly About Finances and Live a Richer Life."
It's a worthwhile objective, even if she stumbles occasionally. More on that later, but first the good news.
Ms. Kingsbury forces you to think about several things that are important to achieving financial health, starting with the phrase that comprises part of her title "money silence," her term for someone's refusal to talk and ask questions about personal finance.
She scatters explanations throughout the book for why the sounds of (financial) silence might occur.