A Bibliography of Bibliographies

A Bibliography of Bibliographies


ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



 The God That Failed. Six well-known writers tell why they changed their minds

about Communism. Former Party members Arthur Koestler, Ignazio Silone,

Richard Wright, and sympathizers Louis Fischer, Andre Gide, and Stephen Spender.



A Bibliography of Bibliographies

& Other Books on Reading and Research

Compiled By Rudolph Lewis


Adams, Oscar Fay. Dictionary of American Authors. [call no. Z1224.A21D]

            Sample Entry: Frederick Douglass (MD 1817-1895).  A famous orator and the most distinguished member of the African race in America. He was born in slavery, but escaped to the North in 1838, educated himself, and soon became prominent as an anti-slavery speaker. As time went on, his style, always picturesque and eloquent, became polished and elegant. My Bondage and My Freedom; Narrative of My Experience in Slavery; Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1881).

Aldis, Harry Gidney (1863-1919). The Printed Book. Cambridge: The University Press, 1941. [Z4.A63]


Bloch, R. Howard. God’s Plagiarist: Being an Account of the Fabulous Industry andIrregular Commerce of the Abbe Migne. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994. [152 pp; call no. Z305.M46 B57 1994]


Burke, Redmond Ambrose. What Is the Index? Milwaukee: Bruce, 1952. [129 pp.; call no. Z1019.B95]


Callender, Jean A. African Survivals in Caribbean Religion: A Select Bibliography. Cave Hill, Barbados: Main Library, University of the West Indies, 1986. [91 eaves; Z1595.C35 1986


Delaney, Robert Finley. The Literature of Communism in America: A Selected Reference Guide. Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1962. [433 pp.; call no. Z7164.S67 D4]


            Sample Entry 1: Richard Crossman. The God That Failed. New York: Bantam Books, 1952. 277 pp. Six well-known writers tell why they changed their minds about Communism. Former Party members Arthur Koestler, Ignazio Silone, Richard Wright, and sympathizers Louis Fischer, Andre Gide, and Stephen Spender.

           Sample Entry 2: W.E.B. Du Bois. In Battle for Peace: The Story of My Eighty-Third Birthday. New York: Masses and Mainstream, 1952; 192 pp.            A blatant communist propaganda effort to exploit the results of the author’s trial on the charge of being a “foreign agent’ and failing to register his position as an official of the Soviet-backed “Peace Information Center.” As expected, the book defends the USSR and attacks the West. This is an interesting example of the effectiveness of Communist methods in deluding a fellow-traveler. There is a commentary by Shirley Graham. E.M. Rudwick has done a sympathetic scholarly treatment in his DuBois  (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1960).

Evlanoff, Michael, and Marjorie Fluor. Alfred Nobel: The Lonliest Millionaire. Los Angeles: W Ritchie Press, 1969. [TP268.5.N7]


Fenton, Thomas and Mary J. Heffron. Women in the Third World: A Directory of Resources. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1987. [141 pp.; call no. Z7964.D44 F46 1987]


Gilbert, Victor Francis and Darshan Singh Tatla. Immigrants, Minorities, and Race Relations: A Bibliography of Theses and Dissertations Presented at Britishand Irish Universities, 1900-1981. London: Mansell, 1984. [153 pp.; call no.Z7164.I3 G5 1984]


Haight, Anne Lyon. Banned Books: Informal Notes on Some Books for Various Reasons  at Various Times and in Various Places. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1955. [172 pp.; call no. Z1019.H15 1955]


Harvey, John H. and Elizabeth M. Dickinson. Librarians’ Affirmative Action Handbook. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1983. [305 pp; call no. Z682.2.U5 L5 1983]


Honeywell, Roy John. Chaplains of the United States Army. Washington. D.C.: Office of Chaplains, Department of the Army, 1958. [UH23.H6]


Kaplan, Louis. A Bibliography of American Autobiographies. Madison: University of  Wisconsin Press, 1961. [372 pp.; call no Z12224. K3]


Koch, Theodore Wesley. A Book of Carnegie Libraries. White Plains, NY: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1917. [226 pp.; call no. Z679.K75 1917]


Lehmann-Haupt, Hellmut. The Book in America. New York: R.R. Bowker Company, 1939. [453 pp.; call no. Z473.L522]


Madison, Charles Allan. Book Publishing in America. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966. [628 pp; call no. Z473.M2]


McDermott, John Francis. Private Libraries in Creole Saint Louis. Baltimore: The Johns  Hopkins Press, 1938. [186 pp.; call no. Z987.M15]


McMurtrie, Douglas Crawford (1888-1944]. The Golden Book: The Story of Fine Books and Bookmaking, Past and Present. New York: Covivi-Friede, 1934. [Z4.M16 1934]


Miller, Rhonda and Chuck Siler. Framework for African (Black) Studies. 2002


Orcutt, William Dana. The Magic of the Book: More Reminiscences and Adventures of a Bookman.  Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1930. [Z4.O66]


Rogers. Herbert B. Cuba: A BookList. 2002


Saenger, Paul. Space Between Words: The Origin of Silent Reading. Stanford,  California: Stanford University Press, 2000. [502 pp.; call no. Z1003.S13 1997]


Stefferud, Alfred, ed. The Wonderful Work of Books. New York: New American  Library, 1952. [319 pp.; call no. Z1003.S83 1952]


Stover, Earl F. Up from Handymen. Washington, D.C.: Office of the Army, 1977. [UH23.S75]


Stover, Mark, ed. Theological Librarians and the Internet: Implications for Practice. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Information Press, 2001. [219 pp; call no. Z675.T4 T47 2001]


Williams, Ethel L. Afro-American Religious Studies. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1972: [454pp.; call no. Z1361.N39 W55]


Work, Monroe Nathan [1866-1945]. A Bibliography of the Negro in Africa and America . New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1928. [698 pp.; call no. Z1361.N39 W8]


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African or American?

Black Identity and Political Activism in New York City, 1784-1861

By Leslie Alexander

 Focusing on the meaning of African heritage, Black Nationalism, community, and African emigration in New York City during the antebellum period, Alexander provides a compelling argument for the emergence of African heritage and identity and charts the waxing and waning of its meaning in the black community.”—Leslie M. Harris, author of In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863

“Alexander brilliantly examines this topic for black people in antebellum New York City. . . . An important contribution. Highly recommended.”—Choice

Alexander’s … survey of black leadership is excellent, her sensitivity to local black politics is admirable, and her tracing of the varied black investment in emigrations is … correct and adds to our understanding of antebellum reform and nationalism.”—American Historical Review

African or American? breaks new ground in its sustained attention to principal but little-known black community organizations and leaders in New York City. The comprehensive, in-depth treatment of the Five Points district, Seneca Village’s relationship to Central Park, the Negro’s burial ground, and more make this book exceptional. It is the best discussion to date of being an American in relation to antebellum blacks that I have read.”—Sterling Stuckey, author of Going through the Storm: The Influence of African American Art in History

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Poem: Fireman’s Ball

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It Aint My Fault by Mos Def & Lenny Kravitz

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Bill Moyers and James Cone (Interview)  / A Conversation with James Cone

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John Coltrane, “Alabama”  /  Kalamu ya Salaam, “Alabama”  / A Love Supreme

A Blues for the Birmingham Four  /  Eulogy for the Young Victims   / Six Dead After Church Bombing 

Guarding the Flame of Life

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For July 1st through August 31st 2011  


#1 – Justify My Thug by Wahida Clark #2 – Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree #3 – Head Bangers: An APF Sexcapade by Zane #4 – Life Is Short But Wide by J. California Cooper #5 – Stackin’ Paper 2 Genesis’ Payback by Joy King #6 – Thug Lovin’ (Thug 4) by Wahida Clark #7 – When I Get Where I’m Going by Cheryl Robinson #8 – Casting the First Stone by Kimberla Lawson Roby #9 – The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth by Zane

#10 – Covenant: A Thriller  by Brandon Massey

#11 – Diary Of A Street Diva  by Ashley and JaQuavis

#12 – Don’t Ever Tell  by Brandon Massey

#13 – For colored girls who have considered suicide  by Ntozake Shange

#14 – For the Love of Money : A Novel by Omar Tyree

#15 – Homemade Loves  by J. California Cooper

#16 – The Future Has a Past: Stories by J. California Cooper

#17 – Player Haters by Carl Weber

#18 – Purple Panties: An Anthology by Sidney Molare

#19 – Stackin’ Paper by Joy King

#20 – Children of the Street: An Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery by Kwei Quartey

#21 – The Upper Room by Mary Monroe

#22 – Thug Matrimony  by Wahida Clark

#23 – Thugs And The Women Who Love Them by Wahida Clark

#24 – Married Men by Carl Weber

#25 – I Dreamt I Was in Heaven – The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang by Leonce Gaiter


#1 – Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable #2 – Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans #3 – Dear G-Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love by Zane #4 – Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper #5 – Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through by Iyanla Vanzant #6 – Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey by Marcus Garvey #7 – The Ebony Cookbook: A Date with a Dish by Freda DeKnight #8 – The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing #9 – The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

#10 – John Henrik Clarke and the Power of Africana History  by Ahati N. N. Toure

#11 – Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure by Tavis Smiley

#12 –The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

#13 – The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life by Kevin Powell

#14 – The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

#15 – Why Men Fear Marriage: The Surprising Truth Behind Why So Many Men Can’t Commit  by RM Johnson

#16 – Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire by Carol Jenkins

#17 – Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell

#18 – A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

#19 – John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard

#20 – Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher by Leonard Harris

#21 – Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife by Carleen Brice

#22 – 2012 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino #23 – Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul by Tom Lagana #24 – 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know by LaMarr Darnell Shields

#25 – Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class  by Lisa B. Thompson

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label ‘trafficked’ does not accurately describe migrants’ lives and that the ‘rescue industry’ serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. “Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality.”—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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Debt: The First 5,000 Years

By David Graeber

Before there was money, there was debt. Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems—to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it. Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods—that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.  Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like “guilt,” “sin,” and “redemption”) derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it. Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a fascinating chronicle of this little known history—as well as how it has defined human history, and what it means for the credit crisis of the present day and the future of our economy.  

Economist Glenn Loury  /Criminalizing a Race

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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The Death of Emmett Till by Bob Dylan  The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll  Only a Pawn in Their Game

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Thanks America for Slavery /

George Jackson  / Hurricane Carter

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The Haitian Declaration of Independence 1804  / January 1, 1804 — The Founding of Haiti 

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