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NEW YORK (TheStreet) - How about starting the new year off by reading something that can give you a fresh perspective on investing, how to become a great leader within your organization, or finding the secret to successful time management?

First on the must-read list this week is Jim Cramer's Get Rich Carefully, which comes out in paperback on Dec. 30 -- a solid addition to any novice or experienced investor's reading list. Also of interest is the story behind Walter Energy (WLT) and how its founder started the company by borrowing $500 to buy an empty house in Building a Business: The Jim Walter Story.

The titles were chosen by TheStreet staff from among all the business books coming out this week listed by Barnes & Noble and Amazon. They are both new hardcovers and the first issue of paperback titles. TheStreet has selected the releases with the widest appeal. Be sure to see last week's books as well as the books you should look out for this week.

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Title: Jim Cramer's Get Rich Carefully (paperback)
: James J. Cramer
Publisher: Penguin Group
Why You Should Read It: Mad Money host and founder Jim Cramer shares his unparalleled knowledge of the stock market and explains how to pick companies based on long-term investing themes and how to turn investments into lasting wealth.
ReleaseDate: Dec. 30
Price: $17

Title: Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation (paperback)
Author: Adam Bryant
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Why You Should Read It: New York Times editor Adam Bryant shares lessons talking with more than 200 CEOs for his column, "Corner Office," on how to foster a corporate culture of innovation and build a high-performing organization.
ReleaseDate: Dec. 30
Price: $15.99

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The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity
Author: Kory Kogon, Adam Merrill, Leena Rinne
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Why You Should Read It: Learn how to stop being easily distracted and focus your attention on getting tasks done with five critical techniques from the experts in time management at FranklinCovey.
ReleaseDate: Dec. 30
Price: $28

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TheStreet Recommends

Title: Balanced Asset Allocation: How to Profit in Any Economic Climate
Author: Alex Shahidi
Publisher: Wiley
Why You Should Read It: Most portfolios are not properly balanced and prone to frequent and potentially devastating losses -- a fact that may be surprising to investors. The volatile economic times shows just how crucial it is for investment portfolios to have proper asset allocation.
ReleaseDate: Dec. 31
Price: $65

Title: Bonds without Borders: A History of the Eurobond Market

Author: Chris O'Malley
Publisher: Wiley
Why You Should Read It: The international cross-border market, or Eurobond, has developed in the principal source for international finance for sovereign states, supranational agencies, global financial institutions and companies around the world. How the bond market works has never been more important now.
Release Date: Dec. 31
Price: $65

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Title: Powerhouse: Turbo Boost Your Effectiveness and Start Making a Serious Impact
Author: Mike Clayton
Publisher: Wiley
Why You Should Read It: The new year is the perfect time to step up and learn how to generate your personal effectiveness to make an impact at work and at home.
ReleaseDate: Dec. 31
Price: $22

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Title: Building a Business: The Jim Walter Story
Author: Alvin Moscow
Publisher: Wiley
Why You Should Read It: One of the best entrepreneurial success stories of our time, Building a Business traces the roots of Walter Industries (now Walter Energy WLT), at first a tiny, home-building company in Florida in the 1940s through to its takeover by Wall Street elite nearly half a century later.
ReleaseDate: Jan. 1
Price: $24.95

- Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.

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