You can never go wrong with buying another book (so what if you already have a few hundred?), but there are some books that unquestionably top the list of “wise purchases.”
The following authors are totally committed to giving back, working to prevent suicide and domestic abuse as well as promote literacy and education. Who are these amazing women (because yes, they’re all female authors)? Check out the list below and find out:
1. The Girl Who Fell by Shannon Parker
This February, Shannon Parker will donate 100% of the proceeds from the pre-sales of the paperback edition of The Girl Who Fell to loveisrespect, an organization that aims to “engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.” Perfect timing, too–not only is Valentine’s Day this month, but February is also Teen Dating Violence and Awareness Month.
“Giving back is essential. We all need help at some point and I’ve always believed wellness is a collective effort,” Parker says.
2. Vision in White by Nora Roberts
Who knew? After Oprah, popular romance writer Nora Roberts is actually the most charitable celebrity out there: The Nora Roberts Foundation focuses on literacy and education causes. Purchasing any of her books will allow you to give back to those causes, but Vision in White is one of Roberts’ most popular.
3. The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
The Way I Used to Be tells the story of a rape victim and her struggle to find her strength and voice in the aftermath of that horrific event. This March, when it’s released, Smith will donate a portion of all proceeds to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network.
“Sexual violence is an issue that has always been very close to my heart and one that has impacted me personally, which is why I feel so strongly about giving back to this organization that does so much good,” Smith says.
4. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
We all know that J.K. Rowling is a philanthropic goddess, but you might not know that her companion books represent a significant aspect of her charity. All proceeds from The Tales of Beedle the Bard are donated to Lumos (what a magical name!), an organization which believes that “no child should be denied a family life because they are poor, disabled or from an ethnic minority” and works to help the 8 million children institutionalized worldwide. You rock, J.K. Rowling.
5. The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati
During February, Karen Fortunati will be donating 50% of the sales from her new book, The Weight of Zero, to a charity called Active Minds. Active Minds strives to de-stigmatize mental illness in modern society.
“The Weight of Zero opens with the main character, Catherine, considering suicide the only option for handling her bipolar disorder. The story is about how a strong network of support — therapy, meds, family and friends — changes the way she views herself and her diagnosis,” Fortunati says. “Active Minds astounded me with its energy, honesty and advocacy. I’m so happy to help contribute to its mission.”
6. The Collected Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
Dorothy Parker has been gone for decades, but she’s still giving back: despite strident protests from the people closest to her, she left her entire literary estate to Martin Luther King, Jr, with the stipulation that when he died, he would donate it to the NAACP.
7. But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure
A portion of the 2017 proceeds from But Then I Came Back will be donated to Help Outreach Taos, a New Mexico suicide prevention charity. Both Laure’s work and her efforts to aid this organization are driven by the tragedies that she and her family have witnessed.
“One of my daughter’s friends, a 14-year-old boy, killed himself over the summer. He was one of four teens to do so in a three week period,” Laure has said. “The fallout for my daughter and the community at large was extensive. Shortly before that, a close friend’s daughter committed suicide over a relationship. I have reached my limit. Having been in two emotionally abusive, controlling relationships as a teen, I know how powerless I felt, and want other girls to know they’re not alone and that there is help to be had.”
Do you know of any other books that “give back”? What causes do they promote? Share your thoughts below!
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