If you need something to keep you company while you are traveling, you are in luck. All this summer, we’re asking our friends in finance to share some of their favorite books.
Julie Mayfield, who writes about family finances at TheFamilyCEO.com, recommends:
- “Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents” by Zac Bissonnette: “The strength of this book is that it challenges the traditional thinking on college. So even if you don’t reach all of the same conclusions he does, it is going to make you think.”
- “How to Go to College Almost for Free” by Ben Kaplan:“Ben graduated from Harvard debt free, and covered most of his college costs with scholarships that he won. [The book is] a real step-by-step guide to approaching the scholarship search”
Want more? Here are some picks from the past and our Facebook followers:
- Lynette Khalfani-Cox, founder of AskTheMoneyCoach.com, suggests: “Paying for College Without Going Broke,” by Kalman Cheney.
- Farnoosh Torabi, author of “You’re So Money,” picks: “Unfinished Revolution,” by Kathleen Gerson.
- Laura Adams, also known as The Money Girl, recommends: “Multiple Streams of Income: How to Generate a Lifetime of Unlimited Wealth,” by Robert Allen.
- Jordan Goodman, , author of “Master Your Debt” and editor at moneyanswers.com, picks: “Business Of Me,” by Linwood Bailey.
- Robert Brokamp, a certified financial planner and Senior Adviser with The Motley Fool, recommends: “The Talent Code,” by Daniel Coyle.
- Natalie McNeal, author of “The Frugalista Files: How One Woman Got Out of Debt Without Giving Up the Fabulous Life,” picks: “Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead… But Gutsy Girls Do: Nine Secrets Every Career Woman Must Know,” by Kate White.
- Kristin Wong, writer for Get Rich Slowly, recommends: “Secrets of Six-Figure Women,” by Barbara Stanny.
- Nela Richardson, analyst for Bloomberg Government, picks: “Detroit: An American Autopsy,” by Charlie LeDuff.
- Chris Farrell, economics editor for Marketplace, suggests: Katherine Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity,” “Master of the Mountain,” by Henry Wiencek, Kirsten Grind’s “Lost Bank” and Keith Richards’ autobiography, “Life.”
- Richard Eisenberg, editor of the Money and Work channels at PBS’ NextAvenue.org, picks: “How to Retire Happy,” by Stan Hinden, Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton’s “Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending” and “Save Wisely, Spend Happily,” by Sharon L. Lechter.
- Michelle Singletary, personal finance columnist for the Washington Post, suggests reading “The Millionaire Next Door” by Thomas Stanley and William Danko. Singletary also recommends “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George S. Clason and “Your Money or Your Life” by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez
- Ilyce Glink, personal finance expert and author of the Intentional Investor recommends “The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Third Edition.” Glink also suggests reading “The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy” and “Deal with Your Debt: Free Yourself from What You Owe” by Liz Weston.
- Paula Wethington, personal finance columnist for the Monroe News, recommends: “Financial Recovery” by Karen McCall.
- Kelli Grant, reporter for CNBC, recommends: “The Plateau Effect,” by Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson.
- Ramit Sethi, author of “I Will Teach You to be Rich,” suggests: “Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think“
- Carmen Wong Ulrich, Assistant Industry Professor at NYU PolyTech, picks: “Debt, the First 5000 Years,” by David Graeber
- Kimberly Palmer, personal finance columnist for US News & World Report and author of “Generation Earn,” suggests: “Where the Peacocks Sing: A Palace, a Prince, and the Search for Home,” by Alice Singh Gee
- Jill Schlesinger, CFP and CBS News analyst, recommends: “The Bankers’ New Clothes: What’s Wrong with Banking and What To Do About It,” by Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig
- Meg Favreau, senior editor at the personal finance website Wisebread.com, recommends: “How to Cook Everything” and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian” by Mark Bittman
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