Lawrence F. Lihosit (Honduras) new PEACE CORPS BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Using several sources, mainly Marian Haley Beil’s (Ethiopia 1962-64) listings, started in the 1979 Peace Corps Writers & Readers and currently with 452 titles and available at this website) as well as the 1989 annotated bibliography compiled by Robert B. Marks Ridinger, and also the Library of Congress bibliography, Larry Lihosit (Honduras 1975-77) has published a handy short text entitled Peace Corps Bibliography which contains published work by volunteers and staff about the agency and/or their service.

The book is divided into three sections; (1) journals, letters and memoirs, (2) anthologies and (3) history. More than 230 volunteer and staff have written and published journals, letters and memoirs. There are more than a dozen anthologies. The book is available via Amazon.com books.

Prior to the Internet and Print-On-Demand books, few Peace Corps Volunteers published accounts of their experience. Of all the first-person accounts, Larry has found that only twelve percent (12%) were published before 1995. Of these, about two-thirds (68%) were published by commercial publishers and the remaining books were self-published, then called Vanity Publishing. During that era, as is today, self-published books were not carried in bookstores.

Since the turn of the twenty-first century, the number of published books by former Peace Corps Volunteers about their experience has risen exponentially, accounting for eight-six percent (86%) of all such books found.

However, chain bookstores did not carry the books and independent bookstores only carried them on consignment. Distributors did not list them. Unless the author has republished sometime after the invention of the internet, his or her title might well be lost.

Author Lihosit still recovering from his Peace Corps bibliography research.

Travel writer and Peace Corps historian Lihosit recently republished Travels in South America. His book Years On and Other Travel Essays received the 2011 Peace Corps Writers Travel Book of the Year award.  In 2010 he published Peace Corps  Chronology 1961-2010, a book that has received well-deserved praise.

 

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  • Perhaps a future bibliography should include online blogs about their Peace Corps experiences by PCVs and RPCVs. My guess is there are at least as many of these as there are published memoirs. Has anyone attempted to compile a list of them?

    • D.W.
      When we were gathering sites for our Unofficial Guide to Resource -See: http://peacecorpsworldwide.org/resources-unofficial-guide-to-peace-corps-and-its-history-
      We attempted to find a list of blogs by PCVs and/or RPCVs. We were not successful Current serving Volunteers can blog, but there are restrictions and official guidelines on what they can post. if Peace Corps does have a list of them, we couldn’t find it and it is not published. The blogs are considered, unofficial. I have stumbled across some blogs from time to time, but Lawrence Lihosit is correct, they are hard to find and come and go. We did list the National Peace Corps Association as a resource. The have a list of country and project and geographical RPCV afflilated groups. Some of those groups have blogs. Good Luck.

  • An interesting idea! Be aware that the majority of blogs are by active PCVs. They normally start one during application or staging and end it at separation. There are many video blogs as well by active PCVs, posted on YouTube. Like ephemeral streams, they appear and disappear. What you are suggesting certainly does not exist. It could be useful…Go for it!

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