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Money Smart Week 2017 Personal Finance Books
2011
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Weston, Liz Pulliam

Publishers Weekly The financial crash and subsequent recession have exploded many people's ideas of how money was supposed to work: micro and macro financial behaviors that precipitated the stock and real estate bubbles have now been shown to be ill-conceived, dangerous, and unsustainable. Financial columnist Weston provides a workable happy medium between fear and fecklessness, guiding readers to create a budget that works in the real world, create a survival plan with cash and credit, pay off debt the smart way, embrace risk sensibly, plan for retirement, and maintain communication about spending in a marriage and a family. Loaded with tips and ideas and illustrated with plenty of examples, this book hits all the major themes for total financial literacy in a conversational, digestible tone, backed up with clear "action steps" at the end of each chapter. A godsend for the financially befuddled, bewildered, or just plain anxious. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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2014
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Schwab-Pomerantz, Carrie

Library Journal Building off her popular "Ask Carrie" column, Schwab-Pomerantz (president, Charles Schwab Fdn., senior vice president, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.; coauthor, It Pays To Talk) presents her latest book as a collection of answers to the most important questions for those who may be near retirement or thinking about it. After introducing her "Top Ten Recommendations for Every Age" on how to become and remain financially fit, she addresses everything from planning for retirement to encouraging financial independence in children and other family members. Her style is conversational and open-minded, a necessity with such a delicate subject. The advice is sound, not groundbreaking, but readers will appreciate the Q&A format that will allow them to skip to the most relevant points as needed. VERDICT The title of the book should not dissuade younger readers from picking up this volume as it includes invaluable guidance on many personal finance topics that affect those under 50, including saving for college, paying off debt, and preparing for the golden years.-Elizabeth Nelson, UOP Lib., Des Plaines, IL (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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2015
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Leonard, Robin
 
 
2012
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Kiesbye, Stefan
2014
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Tyson, Eric
2011
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Adams, Laura D.

Library Journal Adams, host of the popular Money Girl podcasts, neatly packages many of her quick and dirty personal finance tips into a comprehensive philosophy and financial plan. She offers fairly standard advice for getting your finances in order, beginning with understanding your money mind-set and creating a financial plan. Adams is big on using online tools for managing finances and cutting costs. While many readers will naturally gravitate toward this, it may not work for old-schoolers. And the time and effort to set up a nearly exclusively online personal money-management system may be a turnoff to paper-and-pencil pundits. But she also highlights websites offering free advice and resources like calculators, password managers, and budgeting tools. Her basic suggestions are sound on finding the best banking accounts, dealing with debt, and understanding basic investing principles, tax concepts, and how best to pay for education and prepare for retirement. VERDICT Though not likely to supplant Suze Orman as the personal finance diva, Adams holds her own-and her advice applies equally to men. This will appeal to neophytes looking to take charge of their financial futures.-Carol J. Elsen, Univ. of Wisconsin-Whitewater (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Publishers Weekly In this back-to-basics personal finance guide from the host of the "Money Girl" blog and podcast on the Quick and Dirty Tips network, Adams walks her readers through the ins and outs of money sanity and practical solvency, while helping them create a richer life-both financially and emotionally. She addresses major money issues and strategies, such as changing your money mindset by addressing overspending and its psychological roots, and understanding investing concepts and mortgages; she also offers help with creating a financial plan, comparing banks, utilizing online financial tools, paying for education, saving more money, and planning for retirement. Adams's peppy tone and highly organized, sensible advice deliver a clear-cut plan for financial literacy. Though there's not much new, the Money Girl brand is powerful and should find an appreciative audience. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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2012
2014
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Ramsey, Dave

Publishers Weekly Radio host and financial expert Ramsey (The Total Money Makeover) teams up with his daughter, Rachel, in this guide to raising financially savvy kids, using "practical, tactical, spiritual and strategic principles." Ramsey explains how he bankrupted his family in his 20s and then went on to become an expert, espousing debt-free living and teaching his three children how to become financially responsible. Though Ramsey weighs in frequently, most of the text is provided by Cruze, who details what it was like growing up Ramsey: for example, at age 16, she had saved $8,000, which her parents matched for her first car. The authors advise using the "envelope system" to teach kids money management (spend, save, and give) and emphasize teaching them that money has limits ("when it's gone it's gone"). But the authors also warn against rigidity; for instance, a parent who won't cover the tax when a child has saved for a $300 purchase takes things too far. The authors' "five foundations" include teaching kids to (1) establish a $500 emergency fund; (2) live without debt; (3) pay cash for a car; (4) pay cash for college; and (5) build wealth and give. Though biblical references are interspersed, parents of all faiths will benefit from this sound guide. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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2007
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Orman, Suze.

Publishers Weekly Bestselling author (2005's The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke, etc.) and host of her own CNBC show, Orman encourages women to "give to yourself as much as you give of yourself" in her ninth financial advice book, sure to resonate with legions of readers who will appreciate her straightforward advice and supportive tone. Aiming squarely for a female audience, Orman guides readers through the very basics of finances. She explores why women have dysfunctional relationships with money and notes the ways they undervalue themselves or "treat themselves as a commodity whose price is set by others," while also sharing the story of her own evolving relationship with her finances. Though her explanation of the "8 qualities of a wealthy woman" (harmony, balance, courage, etc.) is more inspirational than practical, she also presents a concrete five-month "save yourself plan" for financial repair, starting with setting aside checking and savings accounts, fixing one's credit rating, saving for retirement, setting up a will and purchasing home insurance. This encouraging guide will not intimidate women who are foundering financially. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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