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Winter is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. While the snow falls outside, here are a few reads that can boost your money smarts in the new year:

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis.

Want to know how subprime mortgages pushed us to the economic brink? The author of Moneyball explains it all.

Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez and Monique Tilford.

An intelligent discussion on building a healthy attitude toward money.

Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money by Geneen Roth.

This inspiring book shares valuable lessons learned from having been a victim of Bernie Madoff.

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham.

First published in 1949, Grahamís strategies and ideas have stood the test of time.

The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn.

Whether you think her ideas brilliant or weird (making guitar picks out of old credit cards?) this compendium of the books and popular newsletter will likely offer a money-saving nugget to even the biggest spendthrift.

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