New books by Peace Corps writers — September 2017


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It Depends: A Guide to Peace Corps
by Kelly  Branyik (China 2014–2016)
Write With Light Publications LLC
August 2017
116 pages
$14.95 (paperback), $7.99 (Kindle)

With advice, tips and stories from past Volunteers, this guide contains everything you need to make your Peace Corps service successful.

Living Liberia: Laughter, Love & Folly
by Robert Cherry (Liberia1965–67)
Living Liberia
August 2017
342 pages
$15.00 (paperback), 9.50 (Kindle)

Living Liberia, a Peace Corps memoir, evokes the author’s special and enduring relationship with, and his sharp and witty observations about Liberia, where he was a PCV and returned 14 years later, to the charming, exasperating, unforgettable land — although given Liberia’s history it seems that God himself, at times, has forgotten it; not so the author, and neither will any reader of this book.


Bolivia 30: Life as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the 1960s
by Frank T. Darmiento (Bolivia 1967–69 ), author and editor
April 2015
172 pages
$24.99 (paperback), $9.99 (Kindle)

This collection includes personal stories from more than a dozen Peace Corps Volunteers, including the author, who served with the thirtieth group to go to Bolivia during the late ’60s.

One of Us: Sex, Violence, Injustice.  Resilience, Love, Hope
by Sandi Giver (Uganda 2009–11)
Peace Corps Writers
June 2017
260 pages
$14.95 (paperback)

A book with a mission, challenging societal perceptions, and a community of love :-).

by Gerald Karey (Turkey 1965–67)
Small Batch Books
September 2017
128 pages
$14.95 (paperback)

In this collection of essays, the author has insightful and amusing things to say from remembrances of learning to live uneasily with the Bomb, to charming stories of a New York City childhood, to imaginative fiction, and sharp-witted social commentary.

Making It Happen: A Memoir of Peace Corps and Venezuela in the 1970s
by Mike Kendellen (Venezuela 1974-76: Morocco 1977-80)
September 2017
340 pages
$14.99 (paperback)

A reflective tale of the last days of Peace Corps in Venezuela.

Remembering Clem: A Good American in Iran, Thirty Years of Christian Service – 1948–1978, The Letters of Clement Scott, Jr., to his Family
Compiled by Walter McClennen (Brazil 1968–70)
Bogastow Books
April 2017
372 pages
$24.95 (paperback)

Remembering Clem tells the story of Clement Scott, Jr., who served with the American Presbyterian Mission in Iran from 1948 to 1978, and is based on nearly 650 letters he wrote to his family of his experiences and observations during those years.

Elephant Cake Walk
by Andrew Oerke (PCstaff: Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Jamaica 1966-71)
108 pages
September 2017
$19.95 (paperback)

Here is a poet with spirit large enough, and a history deep enough to do justice to the rich and sprawling continent of Africa; his is no heart of darkness, it is rather, a heart filled with light and love for the creatures, and the people, and the  beauty of this land.


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  • John C. I took the liberty to forward this book list to our statewide RPCV membership, in New Mexico, S and W Colorado, and West Texas. Keeping RPCVs focused on int’l and peacecorpsy things. Thanks, John Turnbull

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