Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker
It's not education or intelligence or even luck that separate the rich from the rest of us, writes Eker, but the "programming" we got growing up. Eker claims all of us have a "blueprint" made up of our thoughts, feelings and actions related to money. To change the actions, we must change our thoughts. In his 224-page book, Eker explores how we developed the thoughts, then offers ways to change them. Some seem silly ("Place your hand on your heart and say, 'I have a millionaire mind!' "). But it's hard to argue with his success.
Why Men Earn More by Warren Farrell
On his cover, Farrell promises to reveal THE STARTLING TRUTH BEHIND THE PAY GAP. And in this 288-page book, he offers data showing single women often earn more than men. Being married with kids shifts the balance--not because employers discriminate, he writes, but because mothers tend to make different workplace decisions. They're less willing to travel or work late, for example. Farrell identifies 22 ways women can boost their earnings. Some have trade-offs (less time with kids). Others prove you don't have to work harder to earn more, just smarter.
The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke by Suze Orman
She may be fabulously rich now, but Orman knows what it feels like to be broke. She spent seven years waitressing after college, making less than $5,000 a year. "But I didn't settle," she writes, and enrolled in Merrill Lynch's training program. A quarter-century later, Orman has become a brand: talk-show host, columnist and best-selling author. This 394-page book is the first to target teens and twenty-somethings, and she adapts her message appropriately, offering "The Lowdown" on topics from credit scores to career moves to consolidating school debt.