Required Reading: 20 Books to Boost Your Financial Literacy

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A Purse of Your Own: An Easy Guide to Financial Security by Deborah Owens (Fireside, $15) made an impression on Consumer Affairs Editor Sheiresa Ngo. “The book talks specifically to women about the power of saving and investing,” Ngo notes. “It's written in plain English—although it's not dumbed down. The tone is conversational, yet very informative.”

A Purse of Your Own: An Easy Guide to Financial Security by Deborah Owens (Fireside,…