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Want to know which personal finance books to read? Join the Color of Money Book Club. To become a member all you have to do is read the recommended book then join Michelle Singletary and the author in a Live Online discussion.

December 2008 Selection

Consider reading one of the books Michelle has already recommended.

Read the column:

Book Club Advice, All Wrapped Up

November 2008 Selection

"150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs," by Sue Pines and Stephanie Koutek (Jist Publishing, $16.95).

Read the column:

Recession-Proof Jobs

October 2008 Selection

"Wall Street Versus America: A Muckraking Look at the Thieves, Fakers, and Charlatans Who Are Ripping You Off" by Gary Weiss (Portfolio, $14.95).

Read the column:

Failure This Big Wasn't Born Yesterday

September 2008 Selection

"The Teen Girl's Gotta-Have-It Guide to Money" by Jessica Blatt with Variny Paladino (Watson-Guptill).

Read the column:

A Teen Girl's Guide to Managing Wealth

August 2008 Selection

"Mortgage Rip-Offs and Money Savers" by Carolyn Warren (John Wiley & Sons).

Read the column:

Don't Fall for the Mortgage Rip-Offs

July 2008 Selection

"The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up" by Scott Christopher and Adrian Gostick (Wiley).

Read the column:

For the Big Bucks, Try a Little Yuk Yuk

June 2008 Selection

"Changing Your Course: The 5-Step Guide to Getting the Life You Want," by Robert and Melinda Blanchard (Sterling).

Read the column:

Unwelcome Change, Or a Chance

May 2008 Selection

"Up to Our Eyeballs: How Shady Lenders and Failed Economic Policies Are Drowning Americans in Debt," by José García, James Lardner, and Cindy Zeldin (New Press and Demos).

Read the column:

Your Debt, But Not All Your Fault

April 2008 Selection

"Money Changes Everything," by Jenny Offill and Elissa Schappell (Broadway Books).

Read the column:

All Too Personal Finances

Michelle hosted an online discussion with Offill and Schappell on April 24 at Noon ET.

March 2008 Selection

"Going Broke: Why Americans Can't Hold On to Their Money," by Stuart Vyse (Oxford University Press).

Read the column:

Inside the Mind Of a Debtor Nation

Michelle hosted an online discussion with Stuart Vyse on March 20 at Noon ET.

February 2008 Selection

"The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches." (Broadway Books, $12.95) by Jeff Yeager.

Read the column:

Slaying the 'Enoughasaurus' And Embracing Frugality

January 2008 Selection

"Isn't It Their Turn to Pick Up the Check?" (Free Press, $21) by Jeanne Fleming and Leonard Schwarz.

Read the column:

Whose Turn Is It To Pay The Check?

Michelle hosted an online discussion with Jeanne Flemming and Leonard Schwarz on Jan. 31 at Noon ET.

December 2007 Selection

"The Financial Wisdom of Ebenezer Scrooge: 5 Principles to Transform Your Relationship With Money," by Ted and Brad Klontz and Rick Kahler (Health Communications Inc., $14.95).

Read the column:

Taking the Right Lesson From Scrooge

Michelle hosted an online discussion with Ted and Brad Klontz and Rick Kahler on Nov. 29 at Noon ET.

November 2007 Selection

"Mileage Pro: The Insider's Guide to Frequent Flyer Programs," by Randy Petersen and Tim Winship (OAG Worldwide, $19.95).

Read the column:

Working the Frequent-Flier System

Michelle hosted an online discussion with Randy Petersen and Tim Winship on Nov. 29 at Noon ET.

October 2007 Selection

"Mortgage Confidential: What You Need to Know That Your Lender Won't Tell You," by David Reed (American Management Association, $16.95) .

Read the column:

Help for Home Buyers From the Inside

Michelle hosted anonline discussion with David Reed on Oct. 25 at Noon ET.

September 2007 Selection

"Rich and Thin: Slim Down, Shrink Debt and Turn Calories Into Cash," by Deborah McNaughton and Melinda Weinstein McGraw-Hill, $16.95)

Read the column:

Do Your Bank Account a Favor: Drop the Doughnut

Michelle hosted anonline discussion with Deborah McNaughton and Melinda Weinstein on Sept. 27 at Noon ET.

August 2007 Selection

"Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business," by Randal Pinkett (Kaplan Publishing, $16.95).

Read the column:

Go to College And Earn Your C.E.O.

Michelle hosted anonline discussion with Randal Pinkett on Thursday, Aug. 30 at Noon ET.

July 2007 Selection

"Crazy Bosses," by Stanley Bing (Collins Publishing, $21.95).

Read the column:

The Management Fruitcake Sampler

Michelle hosted anonline discussion with Stanley Bing on Thursday, Aug. 2 at Noon ET.

June 2007 Selection

"Zero Debt for College Grads," by Lynnette Khalfani (Kaplan, $14.95).

Read the column:

How Grads Can Climb Out Of the Hole

Michelle hosted anonline discussion with Lynnette Khalfani on Thursday, July 5 at Noon ET.

May 2007 Selection

"Tax This! An Insider's Guide to Standing Up to the IRS," by Scott M. Estill (Self-Counsel Press, 2007 edition, $21.95).

Read the column:

Answering to An IRS Audit, And Other Inside Advice

Michelle hosted anonline discussion with Scott M. Estill on Thursday, May 24 at Noon ET.

April 2007 Selection

This month, to celebrate Financial Literacy month, Michelle chose a number of books and products to help teach children about money. To find her picks, read the column:

These Little Piggies Save at Home

Michelle hosted anonline discussion with some of the creators and authors of these selections on Monday, April 23 at Noon ET.

March 2007 Selection

"Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders," by James D. Scurlock (Scribner, $24) and the companion documentary "Maxed Out."

Read the column:

A Horror Movie For Our Times

Michelle hosted anonline discussion with James D. Scurlock on Thursday, March 29 at Noon ET.

February 2007 Selection

"Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete," by William C. Rhoden (Crown, $23.95).

Read the column:

Athletes Black and Blind

Michelle hosted anonline discussion with William C. Rhoden on Thursday, March 1 at Noon ET.

January 2007 Selection

"How to Go to College Almost for Free," by Ben Kaplan (Harper Collins, $22).

Read the column:

Through College Avoiding Debt

Michelle hosted anonline discussionn with Ben Kaplan on Thursday, Feb. 1, at Noon ET.

December 2006 Selection

"The Best Way to Save for College: A Complete Guide to 529 Plans," by Joseph Hurley (Savingforcollege.com, $22.95).

Read the column:

529 Plans, By the Book

Michelle will host anonline discussion with Joseph Hurley on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007 at Noon ET.

November 2006 Selections

"FastWeb College Gold: The Step-by-Step Guide to Paying for College," by Mark Kantrowitz with Doug Hardy (Collins, $21.95).

The 2007 edition of "Paying for College Without Going Broke" by Kalman A. Chany with Geoff Martz (Random House and Princeton Review, $20).

Read the column:

A Crash Course In How to Pay For College (Nov. 5)

Michelle hosted anonline discussionn with the authors on Thursday, Nov. 30 at Noon ET.

October 2006 Selection

"The Insurance Maze: How You Can Save Money on Insurance -- and Still Get the Coverage You Need" by Kimberly Lankford ($18.95, Kaplan Publishing).

Read the column:

Shop Smart for Insurance

Michelle hosted anonline discussion with Kimberly Lankford on Oct. 26 at Noon ET.

September 2006 Selection

"How to Live Well Without Owning a Car" by Chris Balish (Ten Speed Press, $12.95).

Read the related column:

Contentment Without a Car (Sept. 3)

Michelle hostead anonline discussion about the book on Sept. 28 at Noon ET.

August 2006 Selection

"Your Little Legal Companion: Helpful Advice for Life's Big Events" by the editors of Nolo. (NOLO, $9.95)

Read the related column:

Ask the Guidebook (Aug. 6)

Michelle hosted an online discussion with the editors of Nolo on Aug. 31 at Noon ET

July 2006 Selection

"24-Karat Kids: A Novel" by Judy Goldstein and Sebastian Stuart (Martin's Press, $22.95).

Read the related column:

Lessons From Wealthy and Wise Parents (July 9)

Michelle hosted an online discussion with Judy Goldstein on July 20 at Noon ET

June 2006 Selection

"Raising Money Smart Kids: What They Need to Know About Money and How to Tell Them" by Janet Bodnar (Kaplan Publishing, $17.95).

Read the related column:

Raising Fiscally Fit Kids (June 4)

Michelle hosted an online discussion with Janet Bodnar on July 6 at Noon ET

May 2006 Selection

"Consumer Reports Buying Guide 2006" by the editors of Consumer Reports magazine ($9.99).

Read the related column:

Search for a Micro-Rave

Michelle hosted an online discussion with Consumer Reports editor Amanda Walker on May 25 at Noon ET

April 2006 Selection

"House Poor: Pumped-Up Prices, Rising Rates, and Mortgages on Steroids" by June Fletcher (Collins, $21.95).

Read the column

Because Real Estate Market Isn't on Easy Street (March 30)

Michelle hosted an online discussion with June Fletcher on April 25 at Noon ET

March 2006 Selection

"How to Retire Happy: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire" by Stan Hinden (McGraw Hill, $16.95).

Read the column:

Riing the Retirement Wave (March 5)

Michelle hosted an ononline discussion with Stan Hinden on Thursday, March 30 at Noon ET.

February 2006 Selection

"Dave Barry's Money Secrets -- Like: Why Is There a Giant Eyeball on the Dollar?" by Dave Barry (Crown, $24.95).

Read the column:

Dave Barry Gets Funny About Money (Feb. 5)

Michelle hosted an online discussion with Dave Bary on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Noon ET

January 2006 Selection

"Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People" by Jane Bryant Quinn (Simon & Schuster, $26).

Read the column:

Siimply Does It (Jan. 1)

Michelle hosted an online discussion with Jane Bryant Quinn on Thursday, Jan. 26 at Noon ET.


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