Sunday, January 06, 2008

Favorite Do-Good Books of 2007

I didn't get a chance to post my Favorite Do-Good Book list for 2007 before the year ended, so here it is. Many of them were listed in my answer to the Meaningful Book Meme last October.

Here are links to my Favorite Do-Good Books of 2006 and Favorite Do-Good Books of 2005. What were your favorite do-good reads last year?

Animal, Vegetable Mineral by Barbara Kingslover

A Problem From Hell by Samantha Power

A Mighty Heart by Mariane Pearl

Be Bold by Echoing Green

A Cafecito Story by Julia Alvarez

In Search of Hope by Mariane Pearl

Not On Our Watch by John Prendergast and Don Cheadle

Women Who Light the Dark by Paola Gianturco

Writing for Change by Mary Pipher

All book cover images are from
Powells Books, except for Animal, Vegetable Mineral which is from HarperCollins and Be Bold from Echoing Green.


  1. Anonymous9:36 PM

    I thought I would add one if you didn't mind...

    The Female Nomad by Rita Goldman Geldman is a great read. In it, she inspires empowerment at any age. And, how taking the initiative to interact with others, in any culture, is quite simple, eye-opening and story-telling. She really role models and shows what 'community' can mean.



  2. I'll add that Paola Gianturco will be donating 100% of her royalties to Global Fund for Women, and is speaking next week at SCU for the Innovation dialogues on 1/17! I'll be

  3. Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton reminded me of that great quote by Fritz Perls, "Loose your mind and come to your senses."

  4. Thanks for the recommendation, socialbutterfly, and for the quote, brad4d.

    Amy - I won't be at the event. Enjoy!

  5. I want to follow your example and read more nonfiction in 2008.

    I wish I could see the less meaningful books you've read too!

  6. Anonymous12:58 PM

    Hi Britt - I looked at the different books you posted, and I hope to read some. Writing for Change looks especially intriguing to me. I have always had a genuine interest in promoting social change in the world; "having fun and doing good," in your words. In an earlier post, you talked about America's Giving Challenge & the Causes Giving Challenges. So neat. I also read a response to that post asking about, which is actually my blog. Would you mind if I added your URL to my blogroll? Feel free to check it out if you'd like:

  7. I would love to read Writing for Change - it sounds incredible :-) Thanks for the recommendation!

  8. Hi Linda-- It was a nonfiction heavy year. I have a lot more trouble finding fiction books I like than nonfiction.

    I liked Eat, Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert a lot.

    I always enjoy reading Alisa Valdes Rodriguez's books. I read her Make Him Look Good this year. It wasn't my favorite of hers, but it was still fun to read. I read the last Harry Potter, which was ok, but again, not my favorite. Oh, and I read Janet Evanovich's Lean Mean 13.

    Clearly I like my nonfiction heavy and my fiction light!

  9. Neha - You're welcome.

    Here are some other Writing for Change resources

  10. Hi - Of course you can add Have Fun * Do Good to your blog roll! Thanks!


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