I Don't Want To Die Poor: Essays

Written by Michael Arceneaux
I Dont Want To Die Poor

I Don’t Want to Die Poor is an unforgettable examination about what it’s like leading a life that often feels out of your control.

Ever since Oprah Winfrey told the 2007 graduating class of Howard University, “Don’t be afraid,” Michael Arceneaux has been scared to death. When you don’t have Oprah's pocket change, how can you not be terrified of the consequences of pursuing your passion? In these razor-sharp essays, Arceneaux details his struggles with crushing debt to create a funny and relatable exploration of the financial and emotional cost of chasing your dreams.

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Michael Arceneaux

Michael Arceneaux is The New York Times bestselling author of I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé. He has written for The New York Times, Essence, Esquire, Ebony, Elle, Rolling Stone, and many other publications on and off Al Gore’s internet. His second book is I Dont Want to Die Poor. He’s working very hard to avoid such fate -- ideally by making TV money with I Can't Date Jesus.