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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Lake: and Other Poems of Love in a Foreign Land
Jeff Fearnside (Kazakhstan 2002–04)
Kent, Ohio: Standing Rock Cultural Arts, 2011
Peace Corps poetry

At Home on the Kazakh Steppe: A Peace Corps Memoir
by Janet Givens (Kazakhstan 2004–06)
Ant Press, 2014; Birch Tree Book, 2015
Peace Corps memoir

Sixteen Months of Mutton: Meat–Eating Journeys Through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia
Stu Lamb (Kazakhstan 2000–01)
Booksurge Publishing 2009
Peace Corps memoir


Peace Corps Roller Coaster
Dan and Lisa Hebl (Kenya 1991–93)
Menomonie, WI: Roller Coaster Press, 1994
Peace Corps memoir

Reaching Out
Rainette Bannister Holimon (Kenya 1974–77; Sierra Leone, 1990–91)
iUniverse.com, 2001
Peace Corps memoir

Dear Exile: The True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a Year) by an Ocean
Kate Montgomery (Kenya 1996–97) and Hilary Liftin
Vintage Books, 1999
Peace Corps letters/journals

No Hurry in Africa: Life as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya
Theresa Munanga (Kenya 2004–07)
iUniverse, 2010
Peace Corps memoir

Me Here in Kenya I am Fine: Walking the Peace Corps Road
Maxine Valdez (Kenya 1980–81)
Winlock Publishing Co., 2004
Peace Corps memoir


Learning to Love Kimchi: Letters Home from a Peace Corps Volunteer
Carol MacGregor Cissel (Korea 1973–75)
CreateSpace 2015
Peace Corps letters

Through Our Eyes: Peace Corps in Korea, 1966–1981
William Harwood (Korea 1976–78), editor
Korea: COMA, the Artist Company
Peace Corps photos

The Time of the Monkey, Rooster, and Dog: A Peace Corps Volunteer’s Years in Korea
by Charles A. Hobbie (Korea 1968–71)
iUniverse, 2011
Peace Corps memoir

A Hint of Light
David L. Meth (Korea 1971–72 )
CreateSpace Writers’ Productions
Peace Corps novel

Land of Morning Calm: My Journey in Korea
Laren Metzer (Korea 1976–78)
Peace Corps memoir

Jeju Island Ramblings: Self-exile in Peace Corps, 1973–1974
(Click for free download .pdf)
David J. Nemeth (Republic of Korea 1973–74)
Digital Repository, U of Toledo, Dept of Geography and Planning
Peace Corps memoir

Festival for Three Thousand Maidens
Richard Wiley (Korea 1967–69)
Peace Corps novel

The Seed of Joy
William Amos (Korea 1979–80)
London and Bordeau: Online Originals, 2000
Peace Corps novel



I Am Me Because of You: A Daughter’s Peace Corps Journey through the Eyes of Her Mother
Karen  Lawrence [mother of Jennifer (Lawrence) Nelson (Kyrgyzstan 2004–06)]
Beaver’s Pond Press, 2015
Peace Corps biography

This Is Not Civilization
Robert Rosenberg (Kyrgyzstan 1994–96)
Mariner Books
Peace Corps novel