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General Interest Readings on Money, Work & Love

Following are some books of general interest that deal with money and how it affects relationships.

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Blouin, Barbara and Gibson, Katherine (1997). For Love and/or Money: The Impact of Inherited Wealth on Relationships. (Trio Press, PO Box 933, Blacksburg, VA 24063-0933 (540-953-3977))
An excellent study of how inherited wealth affects those who inherit, their partners and their friends.

Dingfelder, Sadie. "Money Talks: Therapists and Researchers Address People's Unhealthy Relationship With Money," American Psychological Association (APA) Monitor, January, 2008 (Click to read)

Dominguez, Joe and Robin Vicki. Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence. (New York, Viking. 1992.)
This well reasoned book takes the position that we have become too dependent on money and material acquisition and provides a strategy for achieving financial independence, not by working harder and making more money, but by reordering our priorities.

Ealy, C. Diane and Lesh, Kay. Our Money Ourselves: Redesigning your relationship with money. (New York, American Management Association. 1999)
A guide for women to help explore their relationship to money.

Kinder, George. Seven Stages of Money Maturity: (New York, Delacorte Press. 1999) Written from the perspective of Buddhist philosophy this book gives an interesting perspective on how and why we have troubles in relationship to money and how we may achieve money maturity. The author has a definite viewpoint which is not for everyone but worth considering.

Krueger, David. Emotional Business: The Meanings and Mastery of Work, Money and Success. 1991.
A psychoanalyst who has specialized in this subject invites you to reflect on the emotional meanings you attach to work and money.

Lee, Deborah, 1997. Having It All/Having Enough: How to create a career/family balance that works for you. New York, American Management Association.
Based on interviews, the stories of 40 individuals who have created a degree of balance and satisfaction in their lives. This is a good practical guide for both men and women and especially for those with children.

Lyubomirsky, Sonja. A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want: Penguin Book, New York, 2007. While not specifically about the role money plays in a happy life, this book does give the reader a good understanding of what happiness is and some ways by which it can be achieved. Such understanding is a prerequisite for making money a tool for achieving worthwhile life goal.

MacDonald, Elizabeth. "Money, Happiness, and the Pursuit of Both", Forbes.com, (accessed February 14, 2006)

Matousek, Mark. Live Better With Less: AARP Magazine (May-June, 2007)

Mellan, Olivia, 1995. Overcoming Overspending: New York, Walker.
A practical guide to dealing with addiction to overspending.

Needleman, Jacob, 1991. Money And The Meaning Of Life: New York, Doubleday.
Interesting philosophy for those wanting to understand themselves and how money fits into their lives.

O'Neil, John, 1993. The Paradox Of Success: New York, Putnam.
Distinguishes between the common view of success which is limiting and leads eventually to failure, and sustainable success which is based on a healthier and more holistic approach to work and to life.

O'Neill, Jessie H. The Golden Ghetto: The Psychology of Affluence (Milwaukee, The Affluenza Project, 1997

Orman, Suze. THE 9 STEPS TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying. Crown, New York, 1997.

Rowley, Laura. Money & Happiness: A Guide to Living The Good Life (New York, Wiley,2005)

Schor, Juliet. Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (New York, Scribner, 2004)

Turnbull, Susan B. The Wealth of Your Life: A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating Your Ethical Will. Wenham. Ma, Benedict Press, 2007. This is a guide for writing your legacy letter (known as an ethical will) which will pass on to those you care about the non-financial, non-tangible wealth that you have accumulated in your life time: your knowledge, wisdom, perspective on life, your values and the love you want to share with those you will leave behind and future generations.

Twist, Lynne. The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life (New York, W.W. Norton, 2003)

Weatherford, Jack. The History of Money: New York, (Three Rivers Press, 1997).

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