Books published by Peace Corps Writers


The Emperor and the Elephants: A Peace Corps Volunteer’s Story of Life During the late 1970s in the Central African Empire

Richard W. Carroll (Central Africa Republic 1976–82)
Peace Corps Writers
May 12, 2016
186 pages
$15.00 paperback; $3.99 Kindle

In 1975, author Richard W. Carroll joined the Peace Corps, signing on as a fisheries extension agent in the heart of Africa. Balancing the rose-tinted writings of an optimistic twenty-three-year-old volunteer with pragmatic reflections from over forty years later, most of which he spent in Africa as a wildlife conservationist for the World Wildlife Fund, Carroll draws readers into a wildly unique place and time.

In 1977, under the brutal rule of Jean-Bidel Bokassa, the self-proclaimed president for life, the Central African Republic became the Central African Empire, and it’s against this political backdrop that Carroll served—first in small villages, discovering the rich cultures of a warm and welcoming people, then as a wildlife biologist in Manovo-Gounda St. Floris National Park, in the remote north.

The Emperor and the Elephants abounds with vivid, often poetic descriptions of the wildlife, close encounters, peaceful revelations, and thoughtful reflections on a location that’s as far from mountains and ocean as one can get on planet Earth.


Lirio Del Peru 

lirio-del-peru(Spanish translation of Lily of Peru)
David C. Edmonds (Chile 1963-65) and Maria Nieves Edmonds
Peace Corps Writers
January 8, 2016
354 pages
$14.99 paperback

MARCUS va a Perú, un país desgarrado por la guerra, por una sola razón: regresar a su hogar con el amor de su vida, la mujer que ha amado desde los días de voluntario con el Cuerpo de Paz — Marisa, con su larga cabellera oscura y sus brillantes ojos azules. Pero cuando llega a Lima, él es confrontado por un general que se presenta con una orden de comparecencia, agentes con armas y el inicio de acusaciones en las que ella es la figura principal de uno de los más extraños movimientos terroristas del mundo.

Ellos quieren su ayuda para traerla a la justicia.

Marcus no puede creerlo. ¿Es ella la Marisa de sus sueños, o es la mujer terrorista que tira bombas, la que está en todos los carteles como la mujer más buscada en Perú? La verdad se encuentra en algún lugar y nada ni nadie le va a impedir a él averiguarla — ni los soldados que lo persiguen como perros a cada paso que da, ni los terroristas que piensan que está de su lado, ni los salvajes y hostiles nativos; ni siquiera las brujas que lo siguen en las selvas del oriente de Perú.


The Girl in the Glyphs: A Novel

girl-glyphs-150by David C. Edmonds (Chile 1963-65) and Maria Nieves Edmonds
Peace Corps Writers
January 5, 2016
354 pages
$12.99 paperback; $4.99 Kindle

A cave in Nicaragua.
A wall of mysterious glyphs.
Pirate gold.
What could possibly go wrong?

Jennifer McMullen-Cruz, a Smithsonian specialist in ancient writing, is on a mission to find a mysterious “glyph” cave in Nicaragua. But no sooner does she arrive than she’s set upon by a gang of tomb looters who are also searching for the cave, not for glyphs, but for pirate gold. They’ve already killed one of her associates, and now they’re after her. Things get messy when she falls into a spiral of romance and intrigue with a handsome stranger at the US Embassy. And messier still when her cheating husband wants her back. Her life is further complicated by an obnoxious reporter who dogs her every step and an old Indian couple who may or may not be spirits. But her greatest challenge is in that cave in Nicaragua, written in hieroglyphics . . .

THE GIRL IN THE GLYPHS is a powerful archaeological thriller that takes the reader from the Smithsonian Museum to Nicaraguan jungles and on into the darkness of a mysterious cave. It’s also a magical exploration of the power of love!”

– Diane Capri, New York Times bestselling author of The Hunt for Jack Reacher thrillers.

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