New books by Peace Corps writers — March & April 2017


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(Peace Corps novel)
by Stephen F. Dexter. Jr. (Togo 1988–91)
Peace Corps Writers
February 2017
434 pages
$21.00 (paperback)

walled-in-walled-outWalled In, Walled Out: A Young American Woman in Iran
by Mary Dana Marks (Iran 1964–66)
Peace Corps Writers
April 2017
348 pages
$16.00 (paperback), $5.49 (Kindle)

Threading her way through the traditions of proud, Muslim Iran, a young American recounts her convoluted, often humorous journey from ignorance to understanding in a country where the people speak with many voices.

everything-happens-150Everything Happens for the Best: A Cross-Cultural Romance During the Early Years of the Peace Corps
Philip R. Mitchell (El Salvador 1964–66)
Page Publishing, Inc.
February 2017
$12.12 (paperback), $9.99 (Kindle), $36.95 (hardcover)

Phil fell in love with Beatriz in Peace Corps training and the two struggled over two years and three thousand miles and against cultural barriers to keep their love glowing with letters and brief visits.

Ain't No Elephants

Ain’t No Elephants in Timbucktu: Prose and Poetry of a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali
by John H. Sime (Mail 1976-78)
February 2017
208 pages
$16.95 (paperback)

Using journal entries that tracked his progress as a teacher in the Malian school system, and poetry he wrote to keep sane in the face of desert heat, local politics, and an explosion of cultural diversity, Sime covers the 40-some year relationship between a Wisconsin-born author and the west African republic of Mali.

MOLP: Charles & Louise, Book 1
by Woody Starkweather (Kazakhstan 2004–06)
Birch Tree Books
November 2016 (2nd edition)
264 pages
$11.99 (paperback), $4.99 (Kindle), $14.95 (Audible)

They look too old to be U.S.agents, but Charles and Louies have hidden talents to use on a bizarre mission — to embarrass a European President.

KMEDJZIK: Charles & Louise, Book 2
by Woody Starkweather (Kazakhstan 2004–06)
Birch Tree Books
November 2016
229 pages
$11.99 (paperback), $4.99 (Kindle)

Charles and Louise may be old and gray, but their peculiar talents help them capture a war criminal hiding on a mountain in Serbia.

different-latitudesDifferent Latitudes: My Life in the Peace Corps and Beyond
by Mark D. Walker (Guatemala 1971–73)
Peace Corps Writers
April 2017
332 pages
$18.00 (paperback)

This uplifting insider’s guide to international development, philanthropy, and travel will hopefully resonate with idealists and armchair travelers of all ages.

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