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Recommended Books

Money & Finances


“Smart Women Finish Rich” – David Bach

“Prince Charming Isn’t Coming: How Women Get Smart About Money” – Barbara Stanny

“Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security” – Jean Chatzky

“The Richest Man in Babylon” – George S. Clason

“The Millionaire Next Door” – Thomas J. Stanley



Relationships & Divorce


“The Optimists Guide to Divorce” – Suzanne Riss & Jill Sockwell

“Divorce After 50” – Janice Green

"Crazy Time: Surviving Divorce and Building a New Life" - Abigail Trafford

This third edition of Abigail Trafford’s book delves into the emotional and economic turmoil caused by divorce.  She writes from personal experience, research and extensive interviews with men and women.  She addresses the tell-tale signs of marital break ups so this is book is written for those who are considering divorce as well as experiencing it.


Illness or Passing of a Spouse


"When Breath Becomes Air" - Paul Kalanithi

"It's OK That You're Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand" - Megan Devine

"The Year of Magical Thinking"  - Joan Didion


Joan Didion is an acclaimed author of over thirty books.  This is a memoir of her first year dealing with the sudden death of her husband the lauded John Dunne.  She is an extremely talented writer who candidly recounts how her life changed one Saturday evening when her husband dropped dead in their NYC apartment after decades of marriage.


Living Life to the Fullest


“Beyond Wealth: The Roadmap to a Rich Life” – Alexander Green

"The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" - Marie Kondo

Recommended by Dana Ragiel -  This book helped me move out of my 3000 square foot Chicago townhouse where I had lived for 18 years.  The author teaches us “Less is more” and the value of simplifying your life to free up your energy.  It’s not about buying more plastic containers to get organized but how to de-clutter and focus on what brings you joy.

"Educated" - Tara Westover

Compelling and very well written.  The author recounts her childhood in rural Idaho with parents who didn’t believe in public education.  They were recluses and survivalists.  The author end up at Brigham Young University, Columbia University and Oxford University in England.  Amazing tale of resilience.




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