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My Life in the Peace Corps: Letters home from Guinea, West Africa, and the toughest job you’ll ever love
Shad Engkilterra (Guinea 1998-2000)
$12.99 (paperback); $4.99 (Kindle)
My Life in the Projects: A kid’s-eye view of HUD housing in the 1980s
Shad Engkilterra (Guinea 1998-2000)
$9.99 (paperback); $4.99 (Kindle)
What’s it like to live in government subsidized housing? Speaking from experience – it sucks! No one wants to live in the projects. As a child, my broken family was forced to move into the HUD projects of California.
Warrior Love: Silas Loves Lili Weirdly Lili Loves Silas
by Stephen Foehr (Ethiopia 1964-66)
Published by Stephen Foehr
$6.99 (Kindle); $10.98 (Paperback)
The crime mystery Warrior Love centers around solving the murder of a professional darts competitor, and sabotaging a mayoral election. The essence of the novel is about people’s capacity for good and evil, and their motivations. The very core of the book is a pure love story between two “warriors,” Silas and LiLi, each trying to save the other, and the world, from perdition.
In the 18th century tropical Dutch colony of Suriname, wealth is measured by the number of slaves one owns, free negress, Elisabeth Samson, the educated and wealthy owner of coffee plantations and hundreds of slaves, lives with a white military lieutenant, Carl Otto Creutz. Dutch law forbids marriage between black and white, so their relationship is called “Suriname marriage” by the colonists and “living in sin” by the Dutch Reformed Church.
“Oy Vey! I found my soul mate in South America, but I think his father was a Nazi.”
“He is talented: able to secure work, develop schools, and convince others to aid these selfless efforts, especially in education. And he is responsible: responsible to the farmers in the co-ops he led, responsible to the students he taught, responsible to the volunteers he prepped and supported, and responsible to his family above all. His work touched the lives of thousands.” — Will Newman, former Country Director, Peace Corps/Nepal.
Nakhon Phanom: The Domino That Did Not Fall (and my Thai hometown)
By James l. Jouppi (Thailand 1971–73)
Liberty Hill Publishing
$9.9 (Kindle); $30.99 (Paperback); $41.00 (Hardback)
After graduating with Cornell’s civil engineering class of 1971 and a five-week stint as a taxi driver in New York City, Jim Jouppi shipped out for a Peace Corps adventure in Thailand. After completing his two-year tour, he was ready to go back home when, after meeting a flirtatious Thai jownatee, he decided to take a home leave and return for one more year.
BATS is an unlikely love story set in a small New England town. It is the tale of misfits of differing sizes and shapes.
Memories and Insights: Iran throught the Eyes of Peace Corps Volunteers (A Legacy Project of Peace Corps Iran Association)
edited by John Krauskopf (Iran 1965–67)
Memories and Insights brings together 31 authors who served in Iran from 1962 to 1976, and whos memories, essahs, poems, fiction and travelogues create a discerning picture of a culture with a long and storied history.
A travel essay compilation, Asian Trail Mix: True Tales from Borneo to Japan, scales down the sprawl of Asia by laser focusing on the unique and revelatory in sharp, crisp prose.
A super high-octane thriller, by turns erotic and exotic but always zesty, its plot twists and linkage are tight and full of surprises … peopled as it is with a rogues gallery found in the nether reaches of a Dionysian dream.
Water Drumming in the Soul: A Novel of Racy Love in the Heart of Africa
by Eric Madeen (Gabon 1981-83)
$ 2.99 (Kindle); $9.99 (Paperback)
An equatorial village surrounded by rainforest where the author lived as a PCV inspired this multicultural love story, which resonates with the personal and passionate all the way through to the heart-wrenching end.
As he did in his other road trip adventures, Merullo manages to walk a tightrope by raising deep philosophical questions without sounding preachy. The author provokes readers to think about life while also making them laugh and providing them with a boots-on-the-ground view of America.
Letters from a Wondrous Empire: An Epistolary Memoir
by Cynthia Nelson Mosca (Ethiopia 1967–69)
A Peace Corps Writers Book
$14.99 (paperback), $3.99 (Kindle)
After being raped by her instructor in 1967, a young woman travels to Ethiopia for a two-year stint in the Peace Corps where she learns to love and heal through teaching, friendship, and writing letters home.
The Peace Corps and Latin America: In the Last Mile of U.S. Foreign Policy
Thomas J. Nisley (Dominican Republic 1989-91)
$95.00 (hardcover), $39.99 (paperback), $37.99 (Kindle)
Not all U.S. policy makers have equally recognized the role of the Peace Corps in U.S. foreign policy. Some have even dismissed it outright. This book argues that the Peace Corps plays an important role in U.S. foreign policy. Although the Peace Corps is much stronger today than it was in the late 1970s and early 1980s, U.S. foreign policy would be well served if the Peace Corps were further strengthen and expanded, not only in Latin America but in the world. We should consider the wider policy benefits of the Peace Corps.
Free Rose Light is the wide-ranging story of the people and community of South Street Ministries in Akron, Ohio, told in the style of the ministry — improvisational, risky, and present.
How to Improve the World Quickly
Christopher J. Roesel (Guatemala 1973–75)
Peace Corps Writers
A how-to of improving the health, nutrition and water for people around the world.
A story of European Jews who escaped to Ecuador during WWII, The Boy with Four Names tells of one such family, and one boy who ended up with four names.
Love and Latrines in the Land of Spiderweb Lace: A Peace Corps Memoir
Mary Lou Shefsky (Paraguay 1974–76)
218 pages – full color
Open your mind to Peace Corps’ kaleidoscopic challenges and the rustic reality of rural Paraguay through the eyes of a health Volunteer, and follow her enduring host country connections from 1974 to the present.
A Yovo in Togo: My Peace Corps Experience in West Africa, 1985 to 1987
Karen Story (Togo 1985–87)
$12.78 (paperback), Free (pdf)
This is my story of what it was like to be a Peace Corps volunteer in a small village in northern Togo in the mid-1980s—one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, and one of the highlights of my life.
This fast-paced memoir is a classic Sixties peace, love, and war story. The focus is on the Kennedy brothers, JFK & RFK, and their “strategy for peace,” and their effects on a simple railroad worker from a blue-collar town in Southern California, who joins the Peace Corps. The book, greatly enhanced by the growing body of research of the Kennedy Era, describes in poetic cadence the ’60s, a quest for peace beginning with JFK’s declaration of a New Frontier in 1960, and ending with RFK’s 1968 anti-war presidential campaign.
Cuahi Li Hix: A tale of hilarious and sometimes harrowing adventures in the jungle of Belize
by Barbara Wheeler (Belize 1990-92)
$4.99 (Kindle); $8.99 (Paperback)
Cuahi Li His is a humorous, lighthearted retelling of one Peace Corps Volunteer’s journey to a world where time seemed to have stopped.