New books by Peace Corps writers — September 2018


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Notes from the Bottom of the World: A Life in Chile
Suzanne  Adam (Colombia 1964–66)
She Writes Press
November, 2018
240 pages
$16.95 (paperback), $9.95 (Kindle) [This book can be pre-ordered in either format.]

In this heartfelt collection of sixty-three personal essays, Suzanne searches for universal truths and sparks of beauty revealed in small, daily moments both in her native land — the United States — and in Chile. 

Pisikoa*: South Pacific Diary ’78-’80: Enduring Uncle Mikey
Michael  Baughan, O.D. (Western Samoa 1978–80)
May 2016
146 pages
$21.99 (paperback), $4.99 (Kindle), $14.95 (audiobook)

*  “Peace Corps” in Samoan

Journal of  zany experiences of a PCV during an interesting 2 years in Samoan Islands as a teacher and temporary member of a Polynesian family, reflecting on personal development, a beautiful culture and what interesting people can teach a teacher, despite all intentions in reverse order, all taking place in a truly idyllic setting.

Song of Quebec
Dan Close (Ethiopia 1964–66)
Tamarac Press
August 2018
338 pages
$19.95 (paperback)

When American Jack Kearney hears Genevieve St. Andre singing in the streets of Quebec City, he is enthralled by her beauty and is determined to meet her, but Kearney is on a special mission to Quebec which must remain secret. 

Queen of Hearts: The Story of Anna Sipl Meyers
by Anna Sipl Meyers; LeitaKaldi Davis (Senegal 1993–96) — Editor
July, 2018
248 pages
$20.00 (paperback)

Queen of Hearts recounts the life of the first woman of her time to own and successfully manage a hotel and casino in Las Vegas: the first was The Casbah, changed to Queen of Hearts, the second Little Annie’s Nevada Hotel and Casino.

The Baby Flight: A True Story
Paul H. Karrer (Western Samoa 1978-80)
Park Place Publications
July 2018
58 pages
$16.04 (paperback), $4.99 (Kindle)

An American teacher in Korea delivers three orphans on Christmas Eve to their new parents in USA . . . but there is a major problem – one of the babies.

Good Daughter, Good Mother
Pamela York Klainer (Panama )
153 pages
$17.00 (paperback), $6.99 (Kindle)

“The story of the author and her contrasting relationships with her mother of birth, and the mother figure of her heart.” — Kathleen Leask Capitulo

A Dancer’s Guide to Africa
Terez Mertes Rose (Gabon 1985-87)
Classical Girl Press
375 pages
September 2018
$12.99 (paperback). $0.99 (Kindle)

This is a coming-into-her-own novel, the story of a young woman (told in the first person) who yearns for both romance and purpose and who is willing to take big risks to find both.

The Imaginal Marriage
Eleanor  Stanford (Cape Verde 1998–2000)
Carnegie Mellon University Press
October 2018
72 pages
$15.95 (paperback)

The mesmerizing poems in Stanford’s third collection move deftly from the kiss of the hummingbird’s fringed tongue to apocalypse, from midwives’ magical cures to a gritty New Jersey overpass.

Goodricke’s Time
A. C.  Theokas (Jamaica 1969–71)
January 2018
384 pages
$14.99 (paperback), $7.99 (Kindle)

Goodricke’s Time is the true story about a brilliant, young 18th century deaf astronomer who overcame prejudice to produce research that benefits science to this day.

The White Kahuna: or, Robert Louis Stevenson, Detective
Joseph  Theroux (Western Samoa 1975-78)
Kilauea Publications
September 2018
380 pages
$12.00 (paperback), $2.99 (Kindle)

In 1893, when Queen Liluokalani is accused of demanding the beheadings of political traitors, she is also linked to the theft of the Crown Jewels, and detectives Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne must solve the crimes in order to clear her.

The Devil’s Throat: or, Robert Louis Stevenson, Detective
Joseph  Theroux (Western Samoa 1975-78)
Kilauea Publications
September 2018
380 pages
$8.99 (paperback), $3.99 (Kindle)

Set in 1889, in the Kingdom of Hawaii, Robert Louis Stevenson investigates the murder of the volcano painter Jules Tavernier, and is caught up in the intrigue of secret societies and Chinese tongs, ultimately leading him to the treasure of Kamehameha the Great’s tomb.

A Grain of Sand (Priority Series)
Bryant Wieneke (Niger 1974–76)

July 2018
258 pages
$9.99 (paperback)

In A Grain of Sand, the sixth novel in the author’s anti-war series, the main characters  discover that implementing a less militaristic defense against terrorism is no easy task, still, in this novel of intrigue and deception, no one who believes in a more peaceful future for West Africa is giving up.

Melanoma without a Cause:
How the New Miracle Immunotherapy Drugs and My Own Immune System Helped Me Fight Stage Four Cancer
Bryant Wieneke (Niger 1974–76)
April 2017
$7.99 (paperback)

A tale of survival following a devastating diagnosis of metastatic melanoma, as the author fights through some heavy side effects, and is saved by a treatment not available even a few years ago. 


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