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The Delight of Being Ordinary: A Road Trip with the Pope and the Dalai Lama
by Roland Merullo (Micronesia 1979–80)
$17.00 (paperback), $26.95 (hard cover), $9.99 (Kindle)
A playful, eloquent, and life-affirming novel that finds the world’s two holiest men teaming up for an unsanctioned road trip through the Italian countryside — where they rediscover the everyday joys and challenges of ordinary life.
A tale of José Margarito,“the Singer,” escaping from slavery in nineteenth-century Ecuador, that combines elements of Ecuadorean history, magic realism, and the African Yoru pursued through the landscape and the towns of coastal Ecuador by his master, Captain Manda.
Longing to Be Free: The Bear, the Eagle and the Crown
by Judith Guskin (Thailand 1962–64)
Wonder Spirit Press
$16.99 (paperback), $11.99 (Kindle)
Set in tumultuous times 1630-1677 in colonial New England and London Comfort Bradford, daughter of the Governor of Plymouth Plantation, is a lifelong friend of the Native American Metacom who decades later almost destroys the colonies.
Insight, Hindsight & Flights of Fancy
Shadow of the Mountain Writers Guild: Phyllis Greenberg Houseman (Ecuador 1962–64), contributor
Andrew Benzie Books
$14.99 (paperback), $4.99 (Kindle)
The tales of Insight, Hindsight & Flights of Fancy provide adventure, tragedy, love, and humor by a diverse group of published writers.
East of Edgerton: A Memoir of Peace Corps and Beyond
by Jim Krosschell (Korea 1975–77)
$16.95 (paperback), $4.99 (Kindle)
(Peace Corps memoir)
The sights, sounds, and tastes of Asia take center stage in this memoir about Peace Corps and its subsequent effect on the author’s life.
Traveling on a shoe-string by plane, bus, hydrofoil, barge, dugout canoe, horse, ox and on foot, the author explores the ruins of ancient peoples and modern towns, befriending an incredible array of locals, bathing in volcanic hot springs alongside Indians, consulting shamans, drinking mate with lawyers, hanging out with musicians, actors, artists, cattle ranchers, cowboys, businessmen, teachers, priests, students, doctors and architects.
Jesus Was Arrested in Mexico City & Missed the Wedding
by Lawrence F. Lihosit (Honduras, 1975-1977)
September 2017 – second edition
A family wedding in Mexico City forces the author to return years after dangerous political intrigue to both complete family duty and to reconcile with his old friends from the long forgotten political battle.
With less hair, less teeth, wider around the middle, the author takes his two teenage sons south to explore Mayan ruins, swim in cenotes and more importantly mingle with the locals so all three can practice their Spanish.
Tax Free Ride On A Midnight Carousel
by Basil Rose
[pen name of John Flynn (Republic of Moldova 1993–95)] Australia: Jaffa Books
This novel takes place in Newport, Ri, and Fall River, MA, and chronicles the life of a Portuguese-American commercial fisherman who is trying to do the right thing . . . of course, there are complications.
Derek Smith’s memoir has some mishaps and adventures, sure — but that’s not the main draw, it’s Nick, the book’s Jiminy Crickett, an unfiltered voice to counteract what is always a dangerous scenario.