Season 3   |   Episode 29   |   November 22, 2017

The Secret to Discovering Your Identity With Frances Stroh

Every family has its secrets. When you come from a family of privilege, those secrets can lead to front-page headlines when they finally come to light. That was the case for Frances Stroh, author of Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss, who joins me in today's episode of Shared Secrets to discuss her family’s fall from grace after generations of wealth.

In the episode, Frances tells me about growing up in a wealthy but dysfunctional household, and about how the collapse of her family’s brewing empire contributed to her family’s great personal losses. Frances also shares how a sense of entitlement can build through generations, and how a family legacy can cloud individual passion and identity. And she tells me about how she used art—she’s a former Fulbright scholar—to find a path out of the dysfunction and toward her own true identity.