Archive - July 2015

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Baylor RPCV Breast Cancer Study Abandoned?
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So I Asked the Most Successful RPCV How Did It Happen
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Is This Our Famous Peace Corps Writer?
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Here is what critics, book reviewers, and other writers have to say about this RPCV Novelist
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To help you pick the 'Winning Writer' here are More facts about this person
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Additional Facts about the Peace Corps' Most Successful Writer
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Which RPCV is the most successful Peace Corps writer?
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RPCV Bill Fitzpatrick’s Family Holds Funeral But His Remains Have Yet To Be Recovered.
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Ellen Urbani Wants You (Guatemala 1991-93)
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The Peace Corps Helping RPCVs in the Big Apple and the Northeast

Baylor RPCV Breast Cancer Study Abandoned?

For the last few years, a research team at Baylor University has been studying the possible link between the use of chloroquine (Aralen) and a reduced risk of breast cancer.  RPCV women have been the targeted demographic. Now, this phase of the study is ending, the use of the questionnaire is discontinued, and the methodology is being revised. The following is a review of the project. On Thursday, May 8th 2014, I posted the following on http://old.peacecorpsworldwide.org/pc-public-records/page/6/ I have edited the post. This post does include a link describing the unusual sampling method that the study attempted to use. Baylor  University has received a to study the potential of chloroquine to reduce the risk of breast cancer. The study is funded by a grant from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Projects and administered by the U.S. Department of Defense. (Corrected: July 21, 2015) Chloroquine was taken to guard against malaria. Aralen is the name I knew for . . .

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So I Asked the Most Successful RPCV How Did It Happen

Luck played a large part. I only had one writing class, a C + in Creative Writing my sophomore year in college. I started writing a novel in law school because I couldn’t figure out how anyone could fill up 400 pages with words. My first novel was awful but I enjoyed the writing process so writing became a hobby. In my thirties a magazine published a short story I’d written and I got the self-confidence to try a serious novel but I had no idea what to do with it when I finished it because I’d never met anyone in publishing or anyone who had published a novel. I had five chapters and an outline written when a law school friend called from New York to say that he and his wife wanted to visit on vacation. I told them they could stay at my house and I would . . .

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Is This Our Famous Peace Corps Writer?

#1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense delivers his most shocking thriller yet, proving that a well-placed lie can help build a wonderful life- and a secret has the same explosive power to destroy it. A Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world. Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life. Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corinne, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if . . .

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Here is what critics, book reviewers, and other writers have to say about this RPCV Novelist

“It takes a really crafty storyteller to put people on the edge of their seats and keep them there.” Chicago Tribune “The masterful___plays delicious tricks on his readers.” Perri O’Shaughnessy “_____is the master of the successful suspense mystery.” Pittsburgh Tribune Review “____will have you turning pages furiously.” Otto Penzler “____makes chills race down readers’ spines.” Publishers Weekly “A master of plot and pacing-and one of those rare authors who can create a genuinely surprising ending.” Lisa Scottoline “In the hands of _____, nothing is ever simple and no one is really safe. He is the master of suspense mystery.” Associated Press “_______knows how to pack in the thrills.” Tess Gerritsen “______deliver[s] one of his cleverest cases.” Kirkus Reviews “Like his inspirations, he gives us plenty of gems: shocking situations met with clever wisecracks; sordid personal histories that tumble out in a moment of panic; broken souls who confess their love . . .

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To help you pick the 'Winning Writer' here are More facts about this person

To help you pick the ‘winner’ here are a few more facts about this writer. This writer has written 19 novels, 17 of which have been New York Times bestsellers First novel published received the Mystery Writers of America Edgar award for best original paperback mystery novel of 1978 Second novel published was made into a HBO movie Third novel was sold to 25 foreign publishers and made into a mini-series starring Brooke Shields Third novel was also a Main Selection of the Literary Guild Four novel was a Book of the Month Club section Fifth novel was a Main Selection of the Literary Guild and a Reader’s Digest condense book Sixth novel was a Book of the Month Club Section Seventh novel was a Main Selection of the Literary Guild, and selected by the Book of the Month Club Writer was also awarded a Distinguished Writers Award Writer has . . .

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Additional Facts about the Peace Corps' Most Successful Writer

Additional Facts about the Writer Served in the first decade of the Peace Corps Peace Corps assignment was as an Administrative Assistant to Director of Foreign Trade, also worked in the National Planning Agency as a transport economist attached to the Harvard Advisory Group Has a law degree Has appeared before the United States Supreme Court Pioneered the use of the battered woman’s syndrome in four murder cases Freed two innocent men sentenced to life in prison for murders they did not commit In college took one Creative Writing class and received a C + The writer had never met anyone in publishing or anyone who had written a novel before publishing one The writer’s next novel will be published by HarperCollins in 2016 The author’s hometown

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Which RPCV is the most successful Peace Corps writer?

Now that, I thought, would get everyone’s attention. What Peace Corps writer in the 54 years of the agency  has made the most money from his or her books, earned the most awards, sold the most books, had the most books on the New York Times Best Seller List, and had their book(s) made into movies? You pick your writer from this list. All winners will  win a special ‘Peace Corps’ prize (from me). Here are the candidates. Post your choice in the Comment Section of the blog and tell us why you think so….yes, you can google to get facts and figures. If I have missed any writer you think should be on this list, please let me know. jcoyneone@gmail.com The list. T. D. Allman (Nepal 1966-68) Lauri Anderson (Nigeria 1963-65) Ron Arias (Peru 1963-64) Jim Averbeck (Cameroon 1990-94) Bill Barich (Nigeria 1964-66) Donald Beil (Somalia 1964-66) Tom Bissell . . .

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RPCV Bill Fitzpatrick’s Family Holds Funeral But His Remains Have Yet To Be Recovered.

Bill Fitzpatrick (Sierra Leone 1987-89) was a airplane pilot for 25 years working in Africa on conservation projects, emergency law enforcement, search and rescue, medical and fire incidents. His plane disappeared in June of 2013 and plane with his remains has recently been discovered in Cameroon, but the family has been unable to rescue them. The family had asked for help from anyone, including RPCVs who might be able to help them secure the appropriate help to recover his remains. Read John Coyne’s article on this effort. Here is the link: http://peacecorpsworldwide.org/bill-fitzpatrick/ Now, the family has held a funeral, even though they continue to hope to ultimately recover the remains. Here is the link: http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Ridgefield-man-seeks-closure-even-without-6376148.php The US State Department has issued a travel warning to those considering travel to Cameroon. This may be why the family is having difficulty. From the US State Department: “The Department of State warns U.S. citizens . . .

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Ellen Urbani Wants You (Guatemala 1991-93)

Forthcoming on August 29, 2015, the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall a new novel by Ellen Urbani. The story is this…. Rosebud Howard almost survives. She charges through the Lower Ninth Ward, beating the wall of floodwater by a half-block. She clambers out of an attic, onto a roof, into a rowboat. But her grueling trek to Tuscaloosa, in search of help for her family, ends when she’s hit and killed by a car laden with supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims. Passenger Rose Aikens, orphaned by the crash, climbs away from the wreck after lacing the dead girl’s sneakers onto her own feet. When she discovers they share not only shoes but a name and a birth year, Rose embarks upon a guilt-assuaging odyssey to retrace Rosebud’s last steps and locate her remaining kin. The stories and destinies of these two teenagers-one black, one white-converge in Landfall, giving voice to . . .

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The Peace Corps Helping RPCVs in the Big Apple and the Northeast

[Editor’s Note: Now, this is a great idea for helping RPCVs and I congratulate the Office Third Goal and Returned Volunteer Services for getting it done. I don’t know if and when the Office has done this elsewhere in the U.S., but this is the first time I’ve seen it in NYC and the Northeast. ] John Coyne Books › Log In Northeast Regional RPCV Career Conference & United Nations Career Day Thursday, July 9, 2015 – Friday, July 10, 2015 Location NYU-Wasserman Center for Career Development 133 E. 13th Street, 2nd floor New York, NY 10003 Time 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT Description Register today to attend these two special RPCV Career Events taking place back-to-back in New York City in July.  Whether you are interested in practicing your interviewing skills and polishing your resume, meeting with RPCV-friendly employers at a career fair, or learning how to get . . .

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