Recommended Books

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With our audience in mind, we have selected a number of books for our recommended reading list, which we will continue to add to as we deem appropriate. The authors that we follow are notable thought leaders in their fields of expertise and the specific books are both current and relevant to our audience. As always, feedback and suggestions for the list are welcome.

Featured Book

Becoming a Life Change Artist
by Fred Mandell, Ph.D. & Kathleen Jordan, Ph.D.

As the authors note, there is nothing easy about life change. But they do give us a good road map of what life change feels like, the skills needed and how to navigate through the turmoil.

See the Editor's Review on Workforce50.com.


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So What If I'm 65
by Bob Weinstein.

Job search at any age is full of land mines. Once you reach into the older job seekers realm the issues are magnified. Bob presents a brutally honest view of the landscape. He likewise provides suggested solutions unique to his audience.


What Color Is Your Parachute? 2009: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers
by Richard Nelson Bolles

While WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? is still the best-selling job-hunting book and most complete guide for first-time job seekers, it is an equally powerful guide for second and encore career changers.


The Power of Purpose: Creating Meaning in Your Life and Work
by Richard J. Leider

Well-known life/work planning specialist, Richard Leider, guides readers of THE POWER OF PURPOSE: CREATING MEANING IN YOUR LIFE AND WORK through their struggles to find their true professional callings.


Will Work from Home: Earn the Cash--Without the Commute
by Tory Johnson and Robyn Freedman Spizman

Tory Johnson, Good Morning America's Workplace Contributor, and consumer advocate Robyn Freedman Spizman share with readers how to leverage today's cultural changes without sacrificing income.


The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain
by Gene D. Cohen

Renowned psychiatrist Gene Cohen provides evidence that there are actually positive changes taking place in our aging minds thus challenging the long-held beliefs that brain power delines with age.


Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life
by Marc Freedman

Marc Freedman describes one of the most significant social trends yet to take place in the American workforce – the baby boomer's new phase of work called the encore career - and how to make it work for you.


What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement: Planning Now for the Life You Want
by Richard Nelson Bolles and John E. Nelson

Richard N. Bolles and retirement expert John E. Nelson go beyond financial planning and use the latest economic, medical and psychology research to teach readers how to live their dreams during “retirement�.


Boom or Bust!
by Carleen MacKay and Brad Taft

The definitive career guide and workbook to assist Baby Boomers to understand the changes in the workplace and to manage their mature careers in a world where traditional expectations have been dashed by the lightening-fast, changing realities of our economy.


Return of the Boomers
by Carleen MacKay, Phil Newbold and Brad Taft

Return of the Boomers makes the hard case that, for America to successfully compete in the global economy, companies and organizations must effectively utilize the talents of mature workers to build a productive bridge to the future.


The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50
by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

An exploration of the new developmental phase of life, labeled the "third age" where those between the ages of 50 and 75 are redefining our views of the casualties and opportunities of aging.


Land the Job You Love!: 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50
by Mary Eileen Williams

A practical guide for jobseekers over 50 to help turn age into an advantage in order to land the job you want. Will help you to gain the edge over the competition and put together an action plan.