Each Peace Corps Volunteer author’s country and years of service
are noted in the parentheses following his or her name.

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Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin
Susana Herrera (Cameroon 1992–94)
Shambhala Publications, 1999
Peace Corps memoir

Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy
Christopher R. Hill (Cameroon 1974–76 )
Simon & Schuster
Peace Corps memoir

Diary of a Kimbang
James P. McCormick (Cameroon 1980–82)
Fairway Press, 1998
Peace Corps memoir

Lament for a Silver-Eyed Woman
Mary-Ann Tirone Smith (Cameroon 1965–67)
William Morrow, 1987
Peace Corps novel

Bridges: An Extraordinary Journey of the Heart
W. S. [Wendy Sue]  Williamson (Cameroon 1994–96, Ecuador 1996–98 )
Agapy, 2014
Peace Corps novel

Cape Verde

Lure of Service: My Peace Corps Adventures at Middle Age
Diane Sugrue Gallagher (Cape Verde 1990–92)
Self-published, 2012
Peace Corps memoir

História, História: Two Years in the Cape Verde Islands
Eleanor Stanford (Cape Verde 1998–2000)
CCLaP Publishing, 2013
Peace Corps memoir

Central African Republic

The Drums of Africa
Tim Schell (Central African Republic 1978–1979)
Mammoth Books, 2007
Peace Corps novel

The Civilized World: A Novel in Stories
Susi Wyss (Central African Republic 1990–92)
Holt Paperbacks, 2011
Peace Corps novel


Chadian Diary: A Peace Corps Experience
Norman and Dorothy Kehmeier (Chad 1978–79)
Lulu, 2010
Peace Corps Memoir

Under Chad’s Spell
Michael Varga (Chad )
CreateSpace, 2014
Peace Corps novel


A Peace Corps Profile
Kirk A. Hackenberg (Nicaragua, Chile 1977–80)
Trafford, 2003
Peace Corps memoir

One for the Road
David J. Mather (Clile 1968–70)
Peace Corps Writers, 2011
Peace Corps novel

When the Whistling Stopped
David J. Mather (Clile 1968–70)
Peace Corps Writers, 2014
Peace Corps novel

Waiting for the Snow: The Peace Corps Papers of a Charter Volunteer
Thomas J. Scanlon (Chile 1961–63)
Posterity Press, 1997
Peace Corps memoir


River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze
Peter Hessler (China 1996–98)
HarperCollins, 2000
Peace Corps memoir

Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, and Eating with China’s Other Billion
Michael Levy
Holt, 2011
Peace Corps memoir


Portrait of a Peace Corps Gringo
Paul Arfin (Colombia 1963–65)
Peace Corps memoir

Wedding of the Waters
Craig J. Carrozzi (Colombia 1978–80)
San Francisco: Southern Trails Publishing, 1988
Peace Corps memoir

The Road to El Dorado
Craig J. Carrozzi (Colombia 1978–80)
San Francisco: Southern Trails Publishing, 1997
Peace Corps novel

Colombia, Pictures & Stories
Sandy Fisher (Colombia 1962–64)
Self-published, 2011
Peace Corps memoir

Letters Home: A Young Peace Corps Volunteer’s Account of Personal, Cultural, and Bureaucratic Struggles in the ’60s
Carol Sue Bock Gonzalez (Colombia 1960s)
Peace Corps letters

Fragments of the Corps: A Peace Corps Memoir
John  Greven (Colombia 1964–68)
CreateSpace, 2014
Peace Corps memoir

Out in the All of It
Chris Honoré (Colombia 1967–69)
iUniverse, 2011
Peace Corps memoir

Letters From Alfonso: Learning to Listen
Earl Kessler (Colombia 1965–1968)
Terra Nova Books, 2013
Peace Corps memoir

To Know the Rainforest
Paul Mathes (Colombia 1964–66)
iUniverse, 2012
Peace Corps novel

Wanderlust Satisfied
Kay Gillies Dixon (Colombia 1962–64)
Peace Corps Writers, 2013
Peace Corps memoir

Tales from Colombia: The Deeds & Misdeeds of 41 Peace Corps Volunteers Who Answered President Kennedy’s Call to Serve
Gary W. Peterson (Colombia 1964–66), editor
Paulary Publishing, 2011
Peace Corps essay collection

For Two Years Who Cares: A Peace Corps Odyssey
Katie and Al Wiebe (Colombia 1972–74)
Kearney, NE: Morris Publishing, 2000
Peace Corps memoir

Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire 1971–97)

The Ivory Crocodile
Eileen  Drew (Zaire 1979–81)
Coffee House Press, 1996
Peace Corps novel

Letters from Zaire: A Peace Corps Life in Africa
John Jochum (Zaire 1975–78)
Winepress Publishing, 2005
Peace Corps letters

Heart of Lightness: Experiences of a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa
Anne Grimshaw Kempers (Zaire 1976–78)
Peter E. Randall, 1993
Peace Corps memoir

Things Are Different in Africa: A Memoir of Dangers and Adventures in the Congo
Frederick Edward Pitts (Zaire 1992–93, Mali 1992–93)
iUniverse Press, 2004
Peace Corps memoir

I Want This World
Margaret C. Szumowski (Zaire 1973–74, Ethiopia 1974–75 )
Tupelo Press, 2001
Peace Corps poetry

The Ponds of Kalambayi: An African Sojourn
Mike Tidwell (Zaire 1985–87)
Lyons & Burford, 1990, 1996
Peace Corps memoir

Cote d’Ivoire (formerly Ivory Coast)

Tarnished Ivory: Reflections on Peace Corps and Beyond
Peter Bourque (Ivory Coast 1973–75)
Xlibris, 2011
Peace Corps memoir

Tony D’Souza (Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar 2000–02, 2002–03)
Peace Corps novel

Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village
Sarah P. Erdman (Cote d’Ivoire 1998–2000)
Henry Holt & Co., 2003
Peace Corps memoir

The Toughest Job:The Crossroads of One Man’s Peace Corps Experience
Scott M. Henrickson (Cote d’Ivoire 1995–96)
CreateSpace, 2014
Peace Corps memoir

Padre!: A Place Whose Rules Rearrange Your Own
Raven  Moore (Cote d’Ivoire 2000–02)
Books by Raven, 2013
Peace Corps memoir