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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Must-reads for better relationships—with loot, love, and yourself

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Thankfully, the heyday of fault-finding relationship experts (we're looking at you, Dr. Phil) is over. Today's love and money gurus are all about appealing to women's souls and grown-up minds with smart books you can pick up and put down at your own pace. Think of it as homework for the heart.

And with the holidays here, plus a new year just around the corner, now's the perfect time to reexamine your relationships—with money, with others, and with yourself. If you're anything like us, the stack of books on your nightstand just got really tall, and really exciting. —Jennifer Kass

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Screen shot 2013-12-01 at 9.56.09 PMFor your relationship with money

Money: A Love Story
Kate Northrup

She grew up in awe of her mother, Christiane Northrup, M.D. (the groundbreaking women's health pioneer), but Kate Northrup also saw the difficulty of being tied to an all-consuming career. So she became passionate about finding ways to make good money, while also owning her own time.

Northrup's straightforward, relatable new read gets to the heart of how that's done, providing a heard-earned financial roadmap (she crawled out of debt herself) for women at all stages—but it may be particularly valuable for career newbies looking to build a financial foundation.

 
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Assertiveness for Earth Angels: How to Be Loving Instead of Too Nice
Doreen Virtue

An awesomely-named author of more than 50 spiritual and metaphysical books, Virtue's best known for her work with angels. Yes, in addition to being a psychologist with a Ph.D, she's a self-proclaimed clairvoyant who looks for answers and inspiration beyond the physical realm.

But Virtue's latest book is a down-and-dirty how-to for sweet "earth angels" who need help speaking up for themselves, detoxing from bad relationships, and saying "no" more often. Can we get an amen?

 
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Archetypes: Who Are You?
Caroline Myss

Myss is a tough-love teacher and personality-type expert who's known for not holding back. She's for spiritual seekers who like their learning boot-camp style.

In her new book, Myss tackles the ultimate question ("Who am I?") by breaking down ten common archetype profiles in simple terms, so you can zero in on how to best use your gifts. Are you a fashionista? An intellectual? A rebel? Myss draws on 25 years of experience researching personality types to help you truly see yourself.

 
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