Fifty Books Tracing AA's History

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Bishop of Books 2009 Calendar, Fifty Books Tracing AA's History

Alcoholics Anonymous (1939)

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (1953)

Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age (1957)

Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers (1980)

Pass It On: The Story of Bill Wilson and How the A.A. Message Reached the World (1984)

The Language of the Heart (1988)

Mel B., Ebby: The Man Who Sponsored Bill W. (Hazelden Pittman 1997)

William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902)

Dale Mitchel, Silkworth: The Little Doctor Who Loved Drunks (Hazelden Pittman 2002)

Victor C. Kitchen, I Was a Pagan (Harper & Brothers 1934)

Richard R. Peabody, The Common Sense of Drinking (Little, Brown 1931)

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (1927)

God Calling, by Two Listeners, ed. by Arthur James Russell (1935)

Charlotte Hunter, Billye Jones, and Joan Zieger, Women Pioneers in 12 Step Recovery (Hazelden 1999)

Nell Wing, Grateful to Have Been There (Parkside 1992)

Sally Brown and David R. Brown, A Biography of Mrs. Marty Mann: The First Lady of Alcoholics Anonymous (Hazelden, 2001)

Mary C. Darrah, Sister Ignatia: Angel of Alcoholics Anonymous (Loyola University Press 1992)

Nancy Olson, With a Lot of Help from Our Friends: The Politics of Alcoholism (Hindsfoot 2003)

Richmond Walker, Twenty-Four Hours a Day (Daytona Beach, Florida 1948)

Marty Mann's New Primer on Alcoholism (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston 1958)

Joseph Kessel, The Road Back: A Report on Alcoholics Anonymous (Knopf 1962)

Ed Webster, The Little Red Book (Coll-Webb 1946)

Ed Webster, Stools and Bottles (Coll-Webb 1955)

Richmond Walker, The 7 Points of Alcoholics Anonymous (1956)

Thomas Randall, The Twelfth Step, A Novel (Scribner's 1957)

Charles Jackson, The Lost Weekend (Farrar & Rinehart 1944)

Roger Treat, The Endless Road (A. S. Barnes 1959)

Stanley M., The Glumlot Letters (Capizon 1997)

Leslie Turner told the A.A. story in the comic strip Wash Tubs (April 4-May 14, 1949)

William L. White, Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America (Chestnut Health Systems 1998)

Ernest Kurtz, Not-God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous (Hazelden 1979)

Ernest Kurtz, AA: The Story (Harper & Row 1988)

Mitchell K., How It Worked: The Story of Clarence H. Snyder and the Early Days of Alcoholics Anonymous in Cleveland, Ohio (AA Big Book Study Group 1999)

Robert Fitzgerald, The Soul of Sponsorship: The Friendship of Fr. Ed Dowling, S.J. and Bill Wilson in Letters (Hazelden 1995)

Bill Pittman, AA the Way It Began (Glen Abbey Books 1988)

Charlie Bishop, Jr., and Bill Pittman, To Be Continued: The Alcoholics Anonymous World Bibliography 1935-1994 (Bishop of Books 1994)

Wally P., But for the Grace of God: How Intergroups & Central Offices Carried the Message of Alcoholics Anonymous in the 1940's (Bishop of Books 1995)

Glenn F. Chesnut, Changed by Grace: V. C. Kitchen, the Oxford Group, and A.A. (Hindsfoot 2006)

Harry Tiebout, The Collected Writings (Hazelden 1999)

Audrey Borden, The History of Gay People in Alcoholics Anonymous (Haworth 2007)

Richard M. Dubiel, The Road to Fellowship: The Role of the Emmanuel Movement and the Jacoby Club in the Development of Alcoholics Anonymous (Hindsfoot 2004)

Ernest Kurtz, The Collected Ernie Kurtz (Bishop of Books 1999, repr. Hindsfoot 2008)

E. M. Jellinek, The Disease Concept of Alcoholism (Hillhouse 1960)

Alcohol, Science and Society: Twenty-nine Lectures with Discussions as given at the Yale Summer School of Alcohol Studies (Quarterly Journal of Studies on Alcohol,1945)

James E. Royce, Alcohol Problems and Alcoholism: A Comprehensive Survey (Free Press 1981)

LeClair Bissell and James E. Royce, Ethics for Addiction Professionals (Hazelden 1987)

George E. Vaillant, Spiritual Evolution: A Scientific Defense of Faith (Broadway 2008)

William Barrett, Death of the Soul: From Descartes to the Computer (Anchor 1986)

Liz Scott, The Sober Kitchen: Recipes and Advice for a Lifetime of Sobriety (Harvard Common Press 2003)

Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham, The Spirituality of Imperfection: Modern Wisdom from Classic Stories (Bantam 1992)

An additional eleven books

listed by Charlie at the end of the calendar

Elizabeth Burns [Gertrude Behanna], The Late Liz: The Autobiography of an Ex-Pagan (Appleton-Century-Crofts 1957, Meredith Press 1968)

Emmet Fox, Sermon on the Mount (Harper San Francisco 1938)

Sgt. Bill S. with Glenn F. Chesnut, On the Military Firing Line in the Alcoholism Treatment Program (Hindsfoot 2003)

Advisory Actions of the General Service Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous (AAWS 1951-2007 updated annually)

The Washingtonians and Alcoholics Anonymous (Bishop of Books 1992 reprint of 1842 Washington Temperance Society book)

Peter R. Breggin, Toxic Psychiatry (St. Martin's Press 1991)

Mark Edward Lender, Dictionary of American Temperance Biography: From Temperance Reform to Alcohol Research, the 1600s to the 1980s (Greenwood Press 1984)

Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy (Washington Square Press 1963)

Francis Hartigan, Bill W: A Biography of Alcoholics Anonymous Cofounder Bill Wilson (St. Martin's Press 2000)

Ernest Kurtz, Alcoholics Anonymous and the Disease Concept of Alcoholism, 50+ pages (search internet)

William L. White, Let's Go Make Some History: Chronicles of the New Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement (Johnson Institute 2006)

An additional twenty plus books

listed by Charlie in the 2011 calendar

Bishop of Books 2011 Calendar, Fifty Books Tracing AA's History

Trysh Travis, The Language of the Heart: A Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey (University of North Carolina Press, 2009)

Ernie Kurtz with Bill White, Reflections: Ernie Kurtz on the History of A.A., Spirituality, Shame, and Storytelling (DVD, Great Lakes, ATTC, 2010 -- 45 minute delight with great AA historian EK)

Oliver J. Morgan (ed.), Recovery Through Catholic Eyes: Important Catholic Figures in the History of the Recovery Movement (Guest House Institute and Sacred Heart University Press, coming in 2011)

John Zug, The Foundation, Progress and Principles of the Washingtonian Temperance Society of Baltimore and the Influence It Has Had on the Temperance Movement in the United States (Baltimore, 1842; reprinted 2010 by the Bishop of Books)

Courtenay Baylor, Remaking a Man (New York: Moffat, Yard & Co., 1919) Edward Strecker and Francis Chambers, Alcohol: One Man's Meat (New York: Macmillan Co., 1938)

Red Road to Wellbriety: In the Native American Way (Colorado Springs, Colorado: White Bison, Inc., 2002)

William Seabrook, Asylum (New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1935)

Jim Bishop, The Glass Crutch: The Biographical Novel of William Wynne Wister (New York: Doubleday, Doran & Co. 1945)

Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano (New York, 1947)

Lois Wilson, Lois Remembers (New York: Al-Anon Family Groups Headquarters, 1987)

Caroline Knapp, Drink: A Love Story (Dial Press, New York, 1996)

George McGovern, Terry: My Daughter's Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism (1997)

RALPH PFAU (Father John Doe) was one of the most published A.A. authors: The 14 Golden Books: Spiritual Side (1947) Tolerance (1948), Attitudes (1949), Action (1950), Excuses (1952) Happiness (1951), Sponsorship (1953), Principles (1954) Resentments (1955), Decisions (1957), Passion (1960), Sanit1 (1963), Sanctity (1964), and Living (1964). Also Sobriety and Beyond (1955), Sobriety Without End (1957), and his autobiography: Prodigal Shepherd (1958)

Bob Smith and Sue Smith Windows, as told to P. Christine Brewer, Children of the Healer: The Story of Dr. Bob's Kids (Hazelden, 1992)

Father Joseph C. Martin, Chalk Talks on Alcohol (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1982 and 1989; orig. pub. as No Laughing Matter)

William G. Borchert, The Lois Wilson Story: When Love Is Not Enough (Hazelden, 2005)

A. J. Russell [Arthur James Russell], For Sinners Only (Tucson, Arizona: Hats Off Books, 2003; orig. pub. 1932, classic Oxford Group book)

Mel B., Three Recovery Classics: As a Man Thinketh (by James Allen), The Greatest Thing in the World (by Henry Drummond), An Instrument of Peace (the St. Francis Prayer) -- Hindsfoot, 2004

From the old Akron Reading List: Bible, Corinthians 1 :13

Mel B., New Wine: The Spiritual Roots of the Twelve Step Miracle (Hazelden, 1991)

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