New books by Peace Corps writers — October 2017


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Writing Abroad: A Guide for Travelers
By Peter Chilson (Niger 1985–87) & Joanne B. Mulcahy
University of Chicago Press
October 13, 2017
224 pages
$67.50 hardback, $22.50 paperback, $13.50 Kindle

For travelers of all backgrounds and writing levels, Writing Abroad provides both practical advice and adaptable exercises for documenting their adventures.


by B.A. East (Malawi 1996-98)
Moonshine Cove Press
September 2017
259 pages
$13.99 paperback, $6.99 Kindle

America’s next gun massacre is in-evitable, unless government intern Gabriel Dunne can make a miracle of his odd jobs in washington, dc.

Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit
by Chris Matthews ( Swaziland 1968-70)
Simon & Schuster Publisher
October  2017
416 pages
$28.99 (hardcover), $14.99 (Kindle), $18.37 (Audible)

A revealing new portrait of Robert F. Kennedy that gets closer to the man than any book before, by best-selling author Chris Matthews, an esteemed Kennedy expert and anchor of MSNBC’s “Hardball.”

The Road to Sleeping Dragon: Learning China from the Ground Up
Michael  Meyer (China 1995–97)
Bloomsbury USA
October 2017
320 pages
$28.00 (hardcover), $9.99 (Kindle), $25.95 (Audible)

In this, the last book of Mike Meyer’s China trilogy, he tells a story both deeply personal and universal, as he gains greater — if never complete — assurance, capturing what it feels like to learn a language, culture and history from the ground up.





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