New books by Peace Corps writers — January 2019


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John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962-64)
Crossroad Press
289 pages
January 27, 2019
$4.95 (paperback), $3.99 (Kindl

A single, upwardly mobile professional woman, Jennifer Winters is typical of her kind until she falls victim to events that aren’t typical at all . . . strange memories of a past no woman could ever have lived, a primal lust for both blood and sexual gratification, and most terrifying of all, a primitive rage that wreaks destruction — even kills — with astonishing ease.

The Shaman of Turtle Valley
Clifford W. Garstang (Korea 1976–77)
Braddock Avenue Books
May 2019
$16.95 (paperback)

The Alexanders have farmed the land in Turtle Valley for generations, and When Gulf War veteran Aiken Alexander brings home a young and pregnant South Korean bride, he hopes at long last to claim his own place. However, things do not go according to plan.

Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump’s Presidential Palace
Laurence Leamer (Nepal 1965-67)
Flatiron Books Publisher
304 pages
January 29, 2019
$27.99 (hardcover), $14.99 (Kindle). $32.45 (Audiobook)

To know Donald J. Trump it is best to start in his natural habitat: Palm Beach, Florida. It is here he learned the techniques that took him all the way to the White House. Painstakingly, over decades, he has created a world in this exclusive tropical enclave and favorite haunt of billionaires where he is not just president but a king. 

You Know You Want This: “Cat Person” and Other Stories
Kristen  Roupenian (Kenya 2003–05)
Gallery/Scout Press
January 2019
$24.99 (paperback), $12.99 (Kindle)

You Know You Want This brilliantly explores the ways in which women are horrifying as much as it captures the horrors that are done to them.


With Kennedy in the Land of the Dead: A Novel of the 1960s
William Siegel (Ethiopia 1962-64)
Peace Corps Writers
315 pages
January 26, 2019
$20.00 (paperback), $9.99 (Kindle)

After the death of President Kennedy, Gilbert Stone, a Peace Corps Volunteer teacher in Ethiopia moves to San Francisco where he is caught up in the hippie movement and anti-Vietnam war protests during the 1960s.

Pounding the Rock: Basketball Dreams and Real Life in a Bronx High School
Marc Skelton (Moldova
Doubleday Publisher
256 pages
March 12, 2019
$12.99 (Kindle), $25.95 (Hardcover)

Welcome to Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School, in a working-class corner of the Bronx, where a driven coach inspires his teams to win games and championships . . . and learn Russian history  . . . and graduate  . . . and go on to college. Since 2007, the year Marc Skelton took over as head coach, the Panthers’ record has been 228-68, and they’ve won three Public School Athletic League championships and one statewide championship. This tiny 400-student school has become a powerhouse on the basketball court, as well as a public education success story and a symbol of the regeneration of its once blighted neighborhood. 

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