To purchase any of these books from Amazon.com — CLICK on the book cover, the bold book title, or the publishing format you would like — and Peace Corps Worldwide, an Amazon Associate, will receive a small remittance from your purchase that will help support the site and the annual Peace Corps Writers awards.
We now include a one-sentence description — provided by the author — for the books listed here in hopes of encouraging readers 1) to order the book and 2) to volunteer to review it. See a book you’d like to review for Peace Corps Worldwide? Send a note to Marian at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll send you a copy along with a few instructions.
A coloring book for all ages, What is Ethiopia? attempts to show Ethiopia as the sum of its parts with 24 pages of illustrations of Ethiopian people, cultures, food, landscapes, wildlife, architecture, and history all to be colored, and engaging descriptions and narratives about Ethiopian life.
And for those who’ve considered putting together a legacy cookbook — with accompanying family stories — for their children and grandchildren, Sweet Tarts might serve as an inspiration.
Michael Gold was an essayist, playwright, poet, journalist, and editor, and the leading advocate of leftist, proletarian literature in the United States between the two world wars. This biography welcomes Gold back into cultural conversations about art, literature, politics, social change, and Jewish American life in the twentieth century.
Julie R. Dargis, Ph.D. (Morocco 1984–87)
Julie offers readers a glimpse into the current research on personal wellness topics as signposts on one’s inner journey to improved well-being.
In 1994, a Peace Corps Volunteer named Christopher Davenport settled into the Eastern Highlands to live with a group of subsistence farmers. He began to learn the language and develop a strong sense of connection with his inherited family. One day, following the death of a venerated elder, the people of the village kidnap, torture, and ultimately kill a local woman accused of practicing sorcery.
“Erudite, scholarly, and lucidly explicated, Martha J. Egan’s Relicarios: The Forgotten Jewels of Latin America, a labor of love and commitment to her material, serves as a monumental example of what ex-Peace Corps Volunteers can contribute to the history of the areas in which they served.” — Marnie Mueller, reviewer
by Jim LaBate (Costa Rica 1973-75)
Mohawk River Press
$9.99 (Kindle); $19.95 (Paperback)
A PCV and a young Costa Rican meet in Golfito. Subsequently she experiences a tragedy that will drastically change her life, and he does all he can to help her survive and thrive in her new circumstances.
An Indian Among los Indigenas: A Native Travel Memoir
by Ursula Pike (Bolivia 1994–96)
A gripping, witty memoir about indigeneity, travel, and colonialism.
America’s Buried History: Landmines in the Civil War
by Kenneth R. Rutherford (Mauritania 1987-89)
Savas Beatie Publisher
$17.95 (Kindle) $29.95 (Hardback)
Despite the thousands of books published on the American Civil War, one aspect that has never received the in-depth attention it deserves is the use of landmines and their effect on the war and beyond. Kenneth R. Rutherford rectifies this oversight with the first book devoted to a comprehensive analysis and history of the fascinating and important topic of landmines.
Juror Number 2: The Story of a Murder, the Agony of a Neighborhood
Efrem Sigel (Ivory Coast 1965-67)
Writers Press Publisher
$19.00 (Hardcover), $15.95 (paperback), $9.99 (Kindle)
This valuable short book about the author’s experience with the New York City criminal justice system is more like a long New Yorker article than a book. — Dick Lipez (Ethiopia), reviewer
A darkly funny thriller about one boy’s attempt to unravel the mysterious phenomenon affecting students in his new town, as he finds a way to resist sinister forces and pursue hope for them all.