Archive - December 21, 2011

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November 2011 Books by Peace Corps Writers
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First Peace Corps Horror Novel!

November 2011 Books by Peace Corps Writers

Mined Muzzle Velocity (poetry) by Jennifer H. Fortin (Bulgaria 2004–06) Lowbrow Press $13.00 (paperback) 67 pages 2011 • Sweet Teeth and Loose Bowels: The Adventures of an International Aid Worker by Michael S. Gerber (Philippines 1970-73) Troublador $18.95 (paperback); $6.99 (Kindle) 280 pages 2007 • War of Hearts And Minds: An American Memoir by Jemes Jouppi (Thailand 1971–73) iUniverse 618 pages $45.95 (hardcover), $35.95 (paperback), $3.95 (Kindle) 2011 • How the Mistakes Were Made by Tyler McMahon (El Salvador 1999–2002) St. Martin’s Trade 352 pages $26.99 (hardback), $14.99 (paperback), $9.99 (Kindle) October 2011 • To Benin and Back: Short Stories, Essays, and Reflections About Life in Benin as a Peace Corps Volunteer and the Subsequent Readjustment Process by Chris Starace(Benin 1995-97) iUniverse 311 pages $29.95 (hardcover), $19.95 (paperback), $9.99 (Kindle), $7.99 (Nook) September 2011

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First Peace Corps Horror Novel!

The Peace Corps in its long history has attracted more than a few non-RPCVs to write about us! Most of the books have been non-fiction, and serious attempts at evaluating the worth and worthiness of what we are all trying to do. I’m thinking of Robert Textor’s Cultural Frontiers of the Peace Corps, MIT Press, (1966) and All You Need is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960, Harvard University Press, (1998.) Then there are the novels! One of my favorite is by Tama Janowitz, entitled A Cannibal in Manhattan about an RPCV who brings her cannibal husband home to New York City, with dire consequences for all. (Crown 1987). There are other novels. Carter Coleman’s The Volunteer, published in 1998 and set in East Africa; Richard Dooling’s masterful White Man’s Grave, from Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998. That is set in West Africa! Most of the early “Peace . . .

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