Upcoming personal finance books reject one-size-fits-all financial prescriptions, recognizing that readers from different backgrounds require different things to achieve their money goals.

Build the Damn Thing

Kathryn Finney. Portfolio, June

Entrepreneur Finney, who serves as managing partner of Genius Guild (a venture fund that invests in Black founders), wants to connect women of color to venture capital. With frank talk and a “realistic but inspiring perspective on what it takes to succeed,” according to PW’s review, Finney urges potential entrepreneurs to use every network and resource at their disposal. Embrace risk, expect failure, and know when to pivot, she advises.


Cashing Out

Julien and Kiersten Saunders. Portfolio, June

The Atlanta couple, who cocreated the blog Rich & Regular, contend that most financial experts come up with formulas—work hard, get promoted, buy a house—that don’t account for the reality of Black life in America. “The math and tactics are simple, but unfortunately Black life isn’t,” they write. The best option for achieving financial freedom, they say, might be to walk away. They share their story of digging out from debt, building an investment portfolio, and leaving behind their corporate jobs.

The Five Conversations You Need to Have About Money

Vanessa Stoykov. Mango, Oct.

Having money is sexy, writes financial educator Stoykov, but talking about money can be excruciating. Stoykov describes the conversations readers need to have in order to ensure they get the future they want, breaking down topics and approach by audience: children, partners, parents or siblings, and most crucially, she says, oneself.

More Money Now

Nicole Victoria. Mango, Aug.

Twenty-somethings don’t need to be good at math or earn six figures to be financially stable, asserts money coach and financial literacy advocate Victoria; they need to learn to begin building wealth early through investments and good debt management. The No Budget Babe founder shares the principles that she says enabled her to pay off debt and achieve a net worth of $1 million by 30.

The Young Entrepreneur

Swish Goswami and Quinn Underwood. Kogan Page, May

Two 24-year-old CEOs of data and tech companies provide a blueprint for starting a business without quitting college. Aimed at aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs ages 16 and up, the book covers how to come up with the one big idea, and how to fundraise and scale up.

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