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Reference: New: Annotated Bibliography of Peace Corps Writers’ Books in the Library of Congress

Filed by Gary Price on September 22, 2011

From the Bibliography Web Site:

The Library of Congress celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps with this annotated bibliography of selected books in the Library of Congress collections authored by returned Peace Corps volunteers and a few former staff members. It contains a listing of 284 books published between 1964 and 2011. Each entry links to a Library of Congress Online Catalog record, which contains more information about the book.

Although far from comprehensive, this selected bibliography is representative of the creativity, scholarship, and knowledge of the developing world of more than 1,000 Peace Corps writers. About 70 percent of the cited books are nonfiction and 30 percent, fiction. Less than a quarter are memoirs of the Peace Corps experience. The 233 authors served in the Peace Corps in 83 developing countries.

The Library of Congress collections include more than 550 books searchable by the “Peace Corps” keyword, but their authors did not necessarily serve in the Peace Corps. The Library’s collections also include many other books on subjects unrelated to the Peace Corps by authors with Peace Corps service. This selected bibliography attempts to provide a representative sampling of the Library’s collection of books by authors with Peace Corps service.

The bib includes a section for young readers.

Users can also download the complete bibliography (80 pages; PDF)

The bibliography is dated September 22, 2011.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.



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