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Our Grand Adventure: The trials and triumphs of India-44
by Tom Corbett (India 1966-68)
Papertown Digital Solutions
A new and improved version of the Peace Corps memoir It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time.
The Gecko in the Bathtub: Encounters with Marvelous Creatures
by Janina Marie Fuller (Philippines 1978-80)
with illustrations by Maggie Demorest
Peace Corps Writers
In encounters with an array of creatures, from both domesticated and wild animals inhabiting my Louisiana backyard to denizens of the Amazon I present these stories to illuminate our inseparability from the life around us by capturing peak moments in the natural world.
Genevieve Grabman recounts being pregnant with identical twins whose circulatory systems were connected in a rare condition called twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.
A Peace Corps Volunteer answers Kennedy’s call to build peaceful communities at home and abroad.
The Razor’s Edge: Embezzlement, Corruption and Development in Ethiopia
Robert Gurevich (Thailand 1963–1965)
Peace Corps Writers
$18.98 (paperback), $6.98 (Kindle)
What’s it like being the only expatriate manager of a multi-million dollar development project in a foreign country with a staff of over 200, and to have to start off dealing with a major embezzlement on a previous project that occurred prior to your arrival?
Journeying Out Alone: Being Volume 3 of The Gathered Words
A memoir with a portion on the Peace Corps
John Gregory Hall (Iran 1970-72)
Journeying out from home in Mulberry, Texas, through school, the army and New York City, and London, finally to Iran, was passing out of familiar ground and company, I became “the Other.”
Tokyo-ing! is an apt title for this trio of tales that chime with anyone even slightly interested in Asia’s most dynamic metropolis and its glazing of layers – be they cultural, sexual … or taking-wing exuberant.
Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You …: Peace Corps Remembered – Bogota 1962–64
by Carl Stephani (Colombia 1962–64)
This book, taken from my letters, describes how I experienced the Peace Corps as a Peace Corps Volunteer when the program was barely starting in July of 1962.
Knock Off The Hat: A Clifford Waterman Gay Philly Mystery
by Richard Stevenson (aka) Richard Lipez (Ethiopia 1962-64)
$17.99 (Paperback), $8.69 (Kindle)
Waterman delves into the sudden and extraordinary wave of gay-bashing in 1940s Philadelphia.
A Five Finger Feast: Two Years in Kazakhstan, Lessons from the Peace Corps
by Tim Suchsland (Kazakhstan 2007–09), author and illustrator
Peace Corps Writers
A Five Finger Feast is a collection of coming-of-age stories set to the backdrop of Kazakhstan, with the ups and the downs, the excitement and the thrill of living abroad as a young person and working in the Peace Corps.
Two men, unified by a string of disappearances and deaths, search for answers—and salvation—in the jungles of Kaua‘i.
A biographical novel about families, love and loss in which much is remembered and much imagined.
The Last of His Mind: A Year in the Shadow of Alzheimer’s
by John Thorndike (El Salvador 1966-68)
$18.82 (paperback), $27.94 (hardcover), $7.99 (Kindle)
An Alzheimer’s caregiver living with his father.
My Saddest Pleasures: 50 Years on the Road: Part of the Yin and Yang of Travel Series
by Mark D. Walker (Guatemala 1971–73)
The author reflects on his fifty years of travel miscalculations and disasters and how and why he travels changed over the years, as has who he traveled with.
Backskatter: A Botch Experiment Creates The Ultimate Weapon
by Tom Wangler (Nigeria 1974-76)
Dancing Moon Press
$4.95 (Kindle); $14.95 (Paperback)
The year is 1999. The much anticipated “Y2K” is but three short months away. Hidden among the many events of the year was a little-known incident that happened in the high desert area of eastern Oregon during a four-day period.
Three evenings a week the North End Grievers’ Group meets in Tacoma, Washington, at the home of its therapist, a woman with her own bizarre life story. The group has six members who mourn their losses in vastly different ways.