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Notes from the Bottom of the World: A Life in Chile
Suzanne Adam (Colombia 1964–66)
She Writes Press
$16.95 (paperback), $9.95 (Kindle) [This book can be pre-ordered in either format.]
In this heartfelt collection of sixty-three personal essays, Suzanne searches for universal truths and sparks of beauty revealed in small, daily moments both in her native land — the United States — and in Chile.
Pisikoa*: South Pacific Diary ’78-’80: Enduring Uncle Mikey
Michael Baughan, O.D. (Western Samoa 1978–80)
$21.99 (paperback), $4.99 (Kindle), $14.95 (audiobook)
* “Peace Corps” in Samoan
Journal of zany experiences of a PCV during an interesting 2 years in Samoan Islands as a teacher and temporary member of a Polynesian family, reflecting on personal development, a beautiful culture and what interesting people can teach a teacher, despite all intentions in reverse order, all taking place in a truly idyllic setting.
When American Jack Kearney hears Genevieve St. Andre singing in the streets of Quebec City, he is enthralled by her beauty and is determined to meet her, but Kearney is on a special mission to Quebec which must remain secret.
Queen of Hearts recounts the life of the first woman of her time to own and successfully manage a hotel and casino in Las Vegas: the first was The Casbah, changed to Queen of Hearts, the second Little Annie’s Nevada Hotel and Casino.
An American teacher in Korea delivers three orphans on Christmas Eve to their new parents in USA . . . but there is a major problem – one of the babies.
“The story of the author and her contrasting relationships with her mother of birth, and the mother figure of her heart.” — Kathleen Leask Capitulo
This is a coming-into-her-own novel, the story of a young woman (told in the first person) who yearns for both romance and purpose and who is willing to take big risks to find both.
The mesmerizing poems in Stanford’s third collection move deftly from the kiss of the hummingbird’s fringed tongue to apocalypse, from midwives’ magical cures to a gritty New Jersey overpass.
Goodricke’s Time is the true story about a brilliant, young 18th century deaf astronomer who overcame prejudice to produce research that benefits science to this day.
The White Kahuna: or, Robert Louis Stevenson, Detective
Joseph Theroux (Western Samoa 1975-78)
$12.00 (paperback), $2.99 (Kindle)
In 1893, when Queen Liluokalani is accused of demanding the beheadings of political traitors, she is also linked to the theft of the Crown Jewels, and detectives Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne must solve the crimes in order to clear her.
The Devil’s Throat: or, Robert Louis Stevenson, Detective
Joseph Theroux (Western Samoa 1975-78)
$8.99 (paperback), $3.99 (Kindle)
Set in 1889, in the Kingdom of Hawaii, Robert Louis Stevenson investigates the murder of the volcano painter Jules Tavernier, and is caught up in the intrigue of secret societies and Chinese tongs, ultimately leading him to the treasure of Kamehameha the Great’s tomb.
In A Grain of Sand, the sixth novel in the author’s anti-war series, the main characters discover that implementing a less militaristic defense against terrorism is no easy task, still, in this novel of intrigue and deception, no one who believes in a more peaceful future for West Africa is giving up.
Melanoma without a Cause:
How the New Miracle Immunotherapy Drugs and My Own Immune System Helped Me Fight Stage Four Cancer
Bryant Wieneke (Niger 1974–76)
A tale of survival following a devastating diagnosis of metastatic melanoma, as the author fights through some heavy side effects, and is saved by a treatment not available even a few years ago.