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Nothing Works But Everything Works Out: My Peace Corps Experience in the West Region of Cameroon
Leigh Marie Dannhauser (Cameroon 2017–19)
Independently published, 2019
Peace Corps memoir

Return to Bafia Cameroon: Memories of a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1969 to 1972 & Return Visit in 2013
Paul J. Hamel (Cameroon 1969–72)
Independently published, 2017
Peace Corps memoir

Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin
Susana Herrera (Cameroon 1992-94)
Shambhala Publications, 1999
Peace Corps memoir

Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy
Christopher R. Hill (Cameroon 1974–76 )
Simon & Schuster
Peace Corps memoir

Diary of a Kimbang
James P. McCormick (Cameroon 1980-82)
Fairway Press, 1998
Peace Corps memoir

Lament for a Silver–Eyed Woman
Mary-Ann Tirone Smith (Cameroon 1965–67)
William Morrow, 1987
Peace Corps novel

Bridges: An Extraordinary Journey of the Heart
Wendy Sue Williamson (Cameroon 1994–96, Ecuador 1996–98 )
Agapy, 2014
Peace Corps memoir



Lure of Service: My Peace Corps Adventures at Middle Age
Diane Sugrue Gallagher (Cape Verde 1990–92)
Self-published, 2012
Peace Corps memoir

História, História: Two Years in the Cape Verde Islands
Eleanor Stanford (Cape Verde 1998–2000)
CCLaP Publishing, 2013
Peace Corps memoir

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (formerly Zaire from 1971–1997)

The Keys to the Congo: and Further Travels: Memoir of a 2x Peace Corps Volunteer
by Irene Brammertz (Zaire 1988-90; Malawi 2011-12)
Self-published, 2015
Peace Corps memoir

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 1976-1982)
Peace Corps Writers, 2016
Peace Corps memoir

Fever! and other stories from The Land of Mobutu
Peter Loan (Staff— CD/Zaire 1976-79; Washington)
Peace Corps Writers, 2020
Peace Corps short stories

The Drums of Africa
Tim Schell (Central African Republic 1978-1979)
Mammoth Books, 2007
Peace Corps novel

The Civilized World: A Novel in Stories
Susi Wyss (Central African Republic 1990-92)
Holt Paperbacks, 2011
Peace Corps novel



I Did What I Had to Do
James E. Diamond (Chad 1971)
Vantage, 2010
Peace Corps memoir

Chadian Diary: A Peace Corps Experience
Norman Kehmeier (Chad 1978–79)
Lulu, 2010
Peace Corps memoir

Under Chad’s Spell
Michael Varga (Chad )
CreateSpace, 2014
Peace Corps novel



Chilean Odyssey: The Peace Corps Letters of Fred Bales and Jan Stebing Bales
Fred and Jan Stebing Bales
Author House, 2007
Peace Corps letters

In the City of the Disappeared: A Novel
Tom  Hazuka (Chile 1978-80)
Bridge Works, 2000
Peace Corps novel

If You Turn to Look Back: A Memoir and Meditation
Tom  Hazuka (Chile 1978-80)
Woodhall Press
Peace Corps memoir

One for the Road
David J. Mather (Chile 1968–70)
Peace Corps Writers, 2011
Peace Corps novel

Waiting for the Snow: The Peace Corps Papers of a Charter Volunteer
Thomas J. Scanlon (Chile 1961-63)
Posterity Press, 1997
Peace Corps memoir



River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze
Peter Hessler (China 1996-98)
HarperCollins, 2000
Peace Corps memoir

Fast Train Home
Gus  Karlson (China)
Independently published, 2020
Peace Corps true stories

Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, and Eating with China’s Other Billion
Michael Levy (China 2005–07)
Peace Corps memoir

Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road
Rob Schmitz (China 1996-98 ) Crown, 2016
Peace Corps inspired current non-fiction



Portrait of a Peace Corps Gringo
Paul Arfin (Colombia 1963–65)
Peace Corps memoir

Wedding of the Waters
Craig J. Carrozzi (Colombia 1978-80)
San Francisco: Southern Trails Publishing, 1988
Peace Corps memoir

The Road to El Dorado
Craig J. Carrozzi (Colombia 1978-80)
San Francisco: Southern Trails Publishing, 1997
Peace Corps novel

Wanderlust Satisfied
Kay Gillies Dixon (Colombia 1962–64)
Peace Corps Writers, 2013
Peace Corps memoir

Colombia, Pictures & Stories
Sandy Fisher (Colombia 1962-64)
Brookview Farms, 2011
Peace Corps memoir

Letters Home: A Young Peace Corps Volunteer’s Account of Personal, Cultural, and Bureaucratic Struggles in the ’60s
Carol Sue Bock Gonzalez (Colombia 1960s)
CreateSpace, 2013
Peace Corps letters

Fragments of the Corps: A Peace Corps Memoir
John Greven (Colombia 1964–68) )
CreateSpace, 2014
Peace Corps memoir

Photos for Fragments of the Corps 
John Greven (Colombia 1964–68) )
CreateSpace, 2014
Peace Corps memoir

Time Passages
Jay Hersch (Colombia 1964–66 )
Peace Corps Writers, 2015
Peace Corps memoir

Out in the All of It
Chris Honoré (Colombia 1967-69)
iUniverse, 2011
Peace Corps memoir

Tears of the Virgin : An annotated transcription of my personal Peace Corps Journal & Datebook June 1964 – November 1966
Dennis L. Kaltreider (Colombia 1964–66)
Independent, 2017
Peace Corps journal, photos and datebook

Letters from Alfonso: Learning to Listen
Earl  Kessler (Colombia 1965–68)
Terra Nova Books, 2013
Peace Corps memoir

To Know the Rainforest
Paul Mathes (Colombia 1964-66)
iUniverse, 2012
Peace Corps novel

Tales from Colombia: The Deeds & Misdeeds of 41 Peace Corps Volunteers Who Answered President Kennedy’s Call to Serve
Gary W. Peterson (Colombia 1964–66)
Paulary Publishing, 2011
Peace Corps essay collection

My Small World: A Veterinarian’s Memoir Overcoming Learning Challenges
Robert J Schechter, DMV, PhD (Colombia)
Independently published, 2021
Peace Corps memoir

Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You …: Peace Corps Remembered – Bogota 1962–64
Carl  Stephani (Colombia 1962–64)
Independently published, 2022
Peace Corps letters

Marie Thomas, Peace Corps Volunteer
Marie  Thomas (Colombia 1973-1974), edited by Brenda Ray
Independently published, 2018
Peace Corps memoir

For Two Years Who Cares: A Peace Corps Odyssey
Katie and Al Wiebe (Colombia 1972-74)
Kearney, NE: Morris Publishing, 2000
Peace Corps memoir





The Longer I Live, the Wilder it Gets
Norma Royale Wilder [Benavides] (Costa Rica 1963–65)
Independently published, 2020
Peace Corps memoir

From the Projects to the Peace Corps to the Professoriate: A Traveling Memoir
Thomas O. Edwards (Costa Rica 1965-67)
AuthorHouse, 2017
Peace Corps memoir

American Dreamer: Memoirs of a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central America and Beyond
David  Taylor Ives (Costa Rica 1980–82)
Epigraph Publishing, 2020
Peace Corps memoir

The Johnsons, The Reeds, And Me
Steve  Johnson (Costa Rica 1968-70)
Independently published 2020
Memoir with section on the Peace Corps

Streets of Golfito
by Jim LaBate (Costa Rica 1973-75)
Mohawk River Press,2020
Peace Corps novel



Tarnished Ivory: Reflections on Peace Corps and Beyond
Peter Bourque (Ivory Coast 1973-75)
Xlibris, 2011
Peace Corps memoir

Tony D’Souza (Ivory Coast, Madagascar 2000–02, 2002–03)
Peace Corps novel

Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village
Sarah P. Erdman (Cote d’Ivoire 1998-00)
Henry Holt & Co., 2003
Peace Corps memoir

The Vegetable Grows and the Lion Roars: My Peace Corps Service
by Gary R. Lindberg (Ivory Coast 1966-68)
BookBaby Publishers, 2022
Peace Corps memoir

Padre!: A Place Whose Rules Rearrange Your Own
Raven Moore (Cote d’Ivoire 2000–02 )
Books by Raven
Peace Corps memoir

The Toughest Job: The Crossroads of One Man’s Peace Corps Experience
Scott M. Henrickson (Cote d’Ivoire 1995–96 )
Peace Corps memoir

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