Archive - November 18, 2021

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Review: Kwamboka’s Inquiry by Arthur Dobrin (Kenya)
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Review — LOVE AND LATRINES IN THE LAND OF SPIDERWEB LACE by Mary Lou Shefsky (Paraguay)

Review: Kwamboka’s Inquiry by Arthur Dobrin (Kenya)

Kwamboka’s Inquiry by Arthur Dobrin (Kenya 1965-67) Nsemia Inc. Publishers 146 pages March 2017 $8.99 (Kindle); $25.73 (Paperback)     Reviewed by Stephen Foehr (Ethiopia 1965-67) The opening scene: Funeral preparations in a churchyard for a murder victim, the respected co-founder of a Kenyan school, who was inexplicably shot to death in her home. Nothing was stolen. Inspector James Dingiria, from Nairobi, outside the district, was sent to investigate. This is the set-up of Arthur Dobrin’s novel, Kwamboka’s Inquiry, which is much about Kenyan society as a murder mystery. Dobrin has an acute eye for physical details that puts the reader on the scene, and an understanding of the underlying social, tribal, and economic tensions that inform the story. He and his wife served in the Peace Corps in Kenya, which made them first-hand witnesses. Initially, the murder was thought to be the work of the Sungu Sungu, originally formed . . .

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Review — LOVE AND LATRINES IN THE LAND OF SPIDERWEB LACE by Mary Lou Shefsky (Paraguay)

  Love and Latrines in the Land of Spiderweb Lace: A Peace Corps Memoir by Mary Lou Shefsky (Paraguay 1974–76) Blurb, 2021 218 pages $38.89 (paperback – full color), $9.99 (Kindle) Reviewed by Kim Herman (Dominican Republic 196  ) • I thoroughly enjoyed reading this Peace Corps memoir because the book demonstrates Mary Lou Shefsky’s deep connections and commitment to the people and families she met during her service. I found the details in the book both surprising and enjoyable as she describes her work, her problems, and the deep relationships she develops with her Paraguayan friends and “family.” She also writes about her many continuing visits with them, both in Paraguay and the US, following her service, which is a common theme among returned Volunteers who shared many great experiences with host country nationals and the people they served. The many photographs in the book add a great deal to . . .

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