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Here are African children in their daily activities: balancing pails of water on their heads; watching after younger siblings; toting twigs home for household cooking fires; tending to the family cattle; preparing dinner; carrying objects that appear heavier than the kids themselves; and sometimes just goofing off.
Spies and Deserters: A Novel of the American Revolution
Martin R. Ganzglass (Somalia 1966–68)
Peace Corps Writers
April 26, 2017
Spies and Deserters follows eighteen year old Will Stoner, a Lieutenant in General Henry Knox’s artillery regiment, and his friend, Private Adam Cooper, an African American in the Marblehead Mariners, from the bleak, disease ridden camp at Valley Forge through the cauldron of the summer heat of the Battle of Monmouth Courthouse, to the bloody, vicious guerrilla war between Whig and Tory militias and irregulars in southern New Jersey.
Going to Mexico: Stories of My Peace Corps Service
David H. Greegor (Mexico 2007–11)
$14.99 (paperback), $6.99 (Kindle)
The author offers personal accounts of not only the life of a Volunteer, but the lives of the Mexican people, probes the side of México not often seen by visitors — the small pueblos, and provides a humorous, but at times poignant, perspective.
A Touch of Peace
Peace Corps novel
J R Groothuis (Ecuador 1991–93)
4 Square Books
A fictional story based on the experiences of the Chancho basketball team made up of Peace Corps Volunteers in Ecuador.
This is the entertaining story of a guy from downriver Detroit who challenged the status quo while teaching middle school English in a small seaside town in Korea.
Louise Hoffmann, telling her story through emails, letters and journals of joining the PC on the brink of her 65th birthday after working in education 40+ years in the US, describes the highs and lows of her emotions, her travel adventures with Bulgarian colleagues, the challenges of learning the Cyrillic alphabet and to speak Bulgarian so that she can teach the students in her village of Topolitsa near the Black Sea.
This is a day-by-day account of the life of Burgess Needle, a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in the late 1960s, offers the reader insights into rural Thai life and culture, the impact of the Vietnam War, the angst of living in a completely strange environment, the struggles of trying to communicate in an alien language, loneliness and the desire for love or at least physical contact.
Mother Land is a piercing portrait of how a parent’s narcissism impacts a family.
American diplomat, Director of the Peace Corps, US ambassador to Colombia and Panama, and conservationist
Dead Cow Road: Life on the Front Lines of an International Crisis
by Mark Wentling (Honduras 1967–69, Togo 1970–73; PC Staff: Togo, Gabon, Niger 1973–77)
$24.95 (paperback), $9.99 (Kindle)
This is a compelling work of historical fiction that focuses on the US government’s controversial handling of Somalia’s 1992 famine, viewed through the eyes of a US Foreign Service Officer.
A story of the author’s unwitting grief journey of five decades after his older brother, Steve, died when they were teenagers; a journey that led him far and wide to the Peace Corps, around the world, across the country several times, and finally, full circle back to his brother’s grave to face with he had lost.