Read for Relief Book Sale

Do you enjoy curling up and relaxing with a good book? Have a favorite literary classic? Or do you simply have an open spot on your bookshelf or coffee table? Consider picking up a new (old) favorite in our Read for Relief book sale, benefiting the WestRock Employee Relief Fund.

Each year from 1958-2007, Westvaco and then MeadWestvaco, produced reprints of literary classics that were distributed as holiday gifts. These beautiful, limited edition books are one of a kind, and the extra copies are being made available to raise money for the Employee Relief Fund.

The books range in resale value from $10 - 400, and we’re offering them for a per book donation to the Employee Relief Fund. For a donation of at least $25 US, select a book from the list below. Please note the supply is limited for some titles, so provide us with your first, second and third choice on the order form. We'll fill your order with your highest ranked available selection.

For a donation of $50 US or more, select a book bundle - up to five books of your choice. Select your choices below and if one of your selections is no longer available we will reach out so you can choose an alternate title.

Your donation will not only get you a beautiful new book, but will also directly benefit WestRock team members who have been financially impacted by the unexpected expenses associated with a natural or man-made disaster. Since the Fund was established in 2005, more than 1,200 grants totaling more than $2.3 million have been provided to our team members. In 2018, the Fund provided more than $1.1 million in grants to more than 400 team members who experienced financial hardship due to a hurricane, flood or home fire.

Book Selection: $25 or more

1965: The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes

1967: Nine Sketches
Bret Harte

1969: Sailing Alone Around the World
Captain Joshua Slocum

1978: Emerson's Essays
Ralph Waldo Emerson


1979: Decorum
Edited by John A. Ruth & Company, Author Unknown

1980: Voices from an Earlier America: An Anthology of Poetry, Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries

1981: A Young Patriot in the American Revolution
John Greenwood

1982: An Anthology of American Classics: A Quarter Century of WestVaco Limited Editions

1983: Twenty Tales
Nathaniel Hawthorne

1984: America: An Affirmation of Faith

1985: Almanac & C., Twelve Early American Almanacs
Karen M. Bloom

1986: Chapters
James Fenimore Cooper

1987: Innovation & Achievement

1988: Excellence, An American Treasury
John Callihan

1990: Listen! The Wind
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

1991: Washington & His Generals
J.T. Headley

1992: Two Years before the Mast
Richard Henry Dana, Jr

1996: A Treasury of American Humor: Clever Prose by Ten of America’s Finest Humorists

1997: Not Without Laughter
Langston Hughes

2000: O Pioneers!
Willa Cather

2001: Letters of John and Abigail Adams 
John Adams and Abigail Adams

2002: Travels with Charley: In Search of America
John Steinbeck

2003: First Across the Continent: The Story of the Exploring Expedition of Lewis & Clark
Noah Brooks

2005: A Silk Road Journey
E. M. Forster

2006: A Silk Road Journey II: A Passage to India
E. M. Forster

1959: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Sketches

Mark Twain

1960: The Four Million

O. Henry

1961: The Prairie Traveler: A Handbook for Overland Expeditions
Captain Randolph B. Marcy

1962: Typee
Herman Melville

1963: American Cookery
Amelia Simmons

1966: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
Henry David Thoreau

1968: The Red Badge of Courage
Stephen Crane

1977: Memories of the American Frontier
Theodore Roosevelt

1999: Democracy in America
Alexis de Tocqueville

2004: The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald

2007: A MeadWestvaco Anthology: 50 Classics


Order Form Instructions

To order online, please complete form below. Rank your top three book choices and in the event that your first pick is unavailable we will fulfill your order with the next available choice you have ranked. Please do not rank the same book three times. 

If you’re interested in a book bundle, choose up to 5 books with a $50 donation.

If you would prefer to mail in a completed book order form and check, please click here to download the form.

If you have any questions, please contact liz.horton@westrock.com