Jim Ainsworth

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth is set to unveil his new novel, Circle of Hurt, at a release party from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 28 at the Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Center.  Along with the new novel, Jim is releasing a new book on faith, Believing in a Grand Thing, which will be given away to those purchasing Circle of Hurt.

Northeast Texas author and our books commentator Jim Ainsworth reflects on Pendulum: How Past Generations Shape Our Present and Predict Our Future by Roy H. Williams and Michael R. Drew.  Jim says the book posits that history follows 40 year "me" and "we" cycles, and that whatever cycle we're in, we tend to go too far before the pendulum swings back.

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth reflects on why readers buy books, or why they don't buy them.  Also in the conversation, the preference for actual books over e-books, and the future of books.

Long-time certified financial planner Jim Ainsworth considers a recent article that says the majority of college students are not well versed in personal finance.  The article says, for example, only 43 percent of college students know the difference in a credit card and a debit card.

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth reflects on the book "The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement" by Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell.  One item of advice in the book is for parents to not tell their children that they're "special."  Another observation is that not all narcissists are psychopaths, but all psychopaths are narcissists.

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth reviews the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.  The book argues that the talents of introverts are often undervalued in a world that seems to revolve around extroverts.

Long-time Certified Financial Planner Jim Ainsworth reflects on a recent article that says, not only are allowances still a good idea for children, they may also be an effective way for their parents to manage their money.  And Jim adds his observations to a story about an index card that contains all the personal financial advice you'

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Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth, who discusses books with us on the Blacklands Cafe, reviews "American Bloomsbury" by Susan Cheever, a book on the lives of Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau and other authors who all lived in the community of Concord, Massachusetts.  Jim says reading about the literary greats, who considered themselves "transcendentalists

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Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth, a regular commentator on books for the "Blacklands Cafe," takes exception to Bill O'Reilly's best-seller, Killing Reagan, which Jim says is engagingly written, but massively unfair to President Ronald Reagan.

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth discusses "Provinces of the Night," a tale of the South in the 1930s by William Gay, which avid reader Jim says is likely his favorite novel.  In fact, Jim liked the novel so much, he drove to Tennessee on the chance that he might be able to meet Gay -- which he did.

Long-time certified financial planner Jim Ainsworth agrees with states that require high-school students to take at least one class in personal finance.  A recent survey reports that U.S. teenagers were in the lower half of the 18 countries in the study on financial knowledge, behind Russia and China.

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth reviews "The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings," by Philip and Carol Zalesky.  "The Inklings" included British authors C.S. Lewis, J.R.R.

Long-time certified financial planner Jim Ainsworth discusses a recent article on "the five most common personal finance mistakes" that people make, everything from not having clear goals to paying retail without taking advantage of many options.  Jim says the relatively low personal savings rate is costly to the economy.

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth is an avid reader, and writes book reviews on and  He discusses recent books he's read, a biography, "Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story" by Rick Bragg, and a novel,

Long-time certified financial planner Jim Ainsworth discusses the need for schools to teach personal-personal finance principles to high-school students.