New books by Peace Corps writers — December, 2017


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We are now including 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, and we’ll send you a copy along with a few instructions.

Dusty Land: Stories of Two Teachers in the Kalahari
John Ashford (Botswana 1990–92)
Peace Corps Writers
December, 2017
260 pages
$13.00 (paperback)

Although theses stories took place in the ’90s, they have a timelessness that sheds light onto our current times and the struggle to better understand our fellow human beings in spite of our varied backgrounds and beliefs.

(Travel) Second edition
Lawrence F. Lihosit (Honduras 1975–77)
Self published
September 2017
108 pages
$13.95 (paperback)

Travel with the author, his wife and sister-in-law on a road trip — crossing America west to east and returning from east to west via Canada — as they run on empty for the duration, their struggles offering a unique vision.

The Toughest Job I Ever Loved: A Peace Corps Memoir
Jonathon  Shacat (Gabon 1998–2000)
Self published
October 2017
181 pages
$9.99 (paperback), $4.99 (Kindle)

Jonathon Shacat goes to Gabon, Africa, to teach villagers how to raise fish and hopes to make a big difference in their lives, but he learns that change happens incrementally and one person at a time, and he ends up realizing he is the one who changes the most.

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