New books by Peace Corps writers — June & July 2017


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India-40 and the Circle of Demons: A Memoir of Death, Sickness, Love, Friendship, Corruption, Political Fanatics, Drugs, Thugs, Psychosis, and Illumination in the Us Peace Corps
Peter S. Adler (India 1966–68)
June 2017
406 pages
$23.99 (paperback), $3.99 (Kindle), $34.99 (hard cover)

The title tells it all.

(Flash fiction — stories)
by Rob Davidson (Grenada 1990–92)
Five Oaks Press
May 2017
$16.00 (paperback)

Learning to See: And Other Stories and Memoirs from Senegal
by Gary  Engelberg (Senegal 1965–67; staff/APCD Senegal 1967–69; Regional Training Officer/west and central Africa 1969–72)
September, 2017
164 pages
$25.19 (paperback) [can order now]

Stories of gifts from Senegal to the world, and a treasure of lessons about what is important in life for anyone interested written by a PCV who never came home.

More Alike Than Different: A Peace Corps Memoir of Malaysian Borneo, 1967-1969
Kate Griffin Flaherty (Malaysian Borneo 1967–69)
Indie Author Warehouse
163 pages
$20.95 (paperback)

Meet the diverse peoples of Sarawak, East Malaysia: the hardworking, generous Chinese; the mellow Muslim farmers and fishermen; the hilarious, hospitable former headhunting Ibans — all of whom shared their lives and laughter with a kid from Dorchester.


From Kabul to Dakar: Peace Corps Stories from the Rossmoor News
Douglas  Hergert (Afghanistan 1974–76, Senegal 1976–79)
72 pages
$7.00 (paperback)

During his years as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Douglas Hergert had great adventures, which, now many years later, he shares with humor and warm attention to detail:

Sami the Wooly: The Most Beautiful Dog In The World
Jay Hersch (Colombia 1964–66)
Peace Corps Writers
March 2017
90 pages
$12.50 (paperback), $9.99 (Kindle)

The intimate relationship between a Siberian Husky and his extended family.

Me Ramblin’s ‘Cross the Wide Missouri: The Adventures of a Wayfarin’ Man in the Old West (Volume 1)
David Smits (Guatemala 1963–65)
Peace Corps Writers
June 2017
500 pages
$19.95 (paperback)

A work of historical fiction in the form of an autobiography of larger-than-life character of Michael Patrick McLoughlin — as imagined by author David D. Smits — is our storyteller.


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  • Leave it to Jay Hersch to make history as the only RPCV to publish a book remembering an animal.
    At least I think that is a record.
    Good going Jay

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