New books by Peace Corps writers — November 2017


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A Country Boy’s Dream Comes True
by Edward Franklin Burkett (Micronesia 1986–87)
iUniverse Press
108 pages
$22.95 (hardcover), $12.78 (paperback)

From a rural southern boy hauling hay in the hot sun to a University graduate to traveling around the world living adventures only seen on national geography TV.

Hot Milk on My Cornflakes: Peace Corps India-33 Remembers, A Collection of Vignette
by Donald Clement (India 1966-68), editor;  and authors: Judy Barille (1966-69), Neal Barille (1966-69), Tom Carter (1965-67), Mike Thorburn (1966-68), Ken French(1966-68), Ruth Kister-Berry (1966-68), Tom McGarry (1966-68), Carol Reichert (1966-68), Katy Peek (1966-68)
173 pages
September 2017
$4.95 (Kindle), $29.95 (paperback-color)

Finally, a book about the fun side of the Peace Corps. 

The Culture Map: Breaking Through The Invisible Boundaries of Global Business
by Erin Meyer (Botswana 1993-95)
Public Affairs Books
288 pages
$26.99 (hardcover), $10.98 (paperback), $9.99 (Kindle)

Whether you work in a home office or abroad, business success in our ever more globalized and virtual world requires the skills to navigate through cultural differences and decode cultures foreign to your own.

Stories Make the World: Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary
by Stephen Most (Peru 1965-67)
Berghahn Books
288 pages
June, 2017
$34.95 (paperback), $150.00 (hardcover)

Since the beginning of human history, stories have helped people make sense of their lives and their world. Today, an understanding of storytelling is invaluable as we seek to orient ourselves within a flood of raw information and an unprecedented variety of supposedly true accounts.

River of Renewal
by Stephen Most (Peru 1965-67)
University of Washington Press
288 page
$17.65 (paperback)


Explore the Klamath River and Klamath Basin with their mountains, forests, wetlands, lakes,  rivers, farms, ranches, logging towns, back-to-the-land communities, and Indian reservations.


The Devil’s Throat
Joseph Theroux (Samoa 1975-78)
Kilauea Publications
190 pages
September 2017
($3.99) Kindle, $8.99 (Paperback)

It’s the Kingdom of Hawaii, 1889. King Kalakaua is on the throne, but secret societies are at work throughout the islands. When renowned volcano painter Jules Tavernier is murdered in his Honolulu studio, Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, his step-son and writing partner, investigate their friend’s death.

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