The Best Personal Finance Books Can personal finance books actually make fun summer reading? Our money expert thinks so and offers some recommendations for the whole family.
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Can personal finance books actually make fun summer reading? Our money expert thinks so and offers some recommendations for the whole family.

Financial Books that Promise to Change Lives

Financial Books that Promise to Change Lives

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A financial book can be a useful tool amid holiday consumer chaos. Istockphoto.com hide caption

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Rather than wasting money on another useless gadget, why not give the gift of prosperity this holiday season? Reading the right financial book can positively alter someone's life. Whether it's a finicky teen or pair of retirees you are trying to impress, the following list has the whole family (financially) covered.

For a Family Member with a Small Attention Span

Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case for a More Joyful Christmas, by Bill McKibben, hardcover, 96 pages, list price: $12

A Quick, but Classic Read

The Richest Man in Babylon, by George S. Clason, paperback, 160 pages, list price: $6.99

For Someone Who Is Always Worried About Money

Money Harmony: Resolving Money Conflicts in Your Life and Relationships, by Olivia Mellan, paperback, 252 pages, list price: $14.95

To Encourage a Better Marriage

The Financial Wisdom of Ebenezer Scrooge: 5 Principles to Transform Your Relationship with Money, by Ted Klontz, Rich Kahler, Brad Klontz, hardcover, 200 pages, list price: $14.95

To Provide Children Ages 8–12 with the Basics

Neale S. Godfrey's Ultimate Kids' Money Book, by Neale S. Godfrey, hardcover, 132 pages, list price: $19.20

To Teach Young Children About Charitable Giving

The Giving Book, by Ellen Sabin, spiral-bound, 64 pages, list price: $19.95

For Parents with Elementary School Kids

Raising Money Smart Kids: What They Need to Know About Money — and How to Tell Them, by Janet Bodnar, paperback, 384 pages, list price: 17.95

To Teach Young Adults the Basics

Instead of a book consider a money organizer with lots of financial information, such as:

Cash Cache, edited by Money Savvy Generation, hardcover, list price: $29.95

For Someone Selling or Buying a Home

House Poor: Pumped-Up Prices, Rising Rates, and Mortgages on Steroids, by June Fletcher, hardcover, 224 pages, list price: $21.95

Mortgage Confidential: What You Need to Know That Your Lender Won't Tell You, by David Reed, paperback, 230 pages, list price: $16.95

For Retirees

The New Retirement: The Ultimate Guide to the Rest of Your Life, by Jan Cullinane and Cathy Fitzgerald (paperback), 486 pages, list price: $19.95

For Someone Late to the Retirement Game

The Retirement Catch-Up Guide: 54 Real-Life Lessons to Boost Your Future Resources Now!, by Ellen Hoffman, paperback, 160 pages, list price: $14.95

How to Retire Happy: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire by Stan Hinden (paperback, 224 pages, list price: $16.95

If You Were to Rely On Only One Investment Book

The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need, by Andrew Tobias, paperback, 312 pages, list price: $14