New books by Peace Corps writers — March 2018


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Human Rights. They Matter.
by Justin Bibee (Morocco 2014–16)
February 2018
106 pages
$57.79 (hardcover)

Human Rights. They Matter. is a collection of human rights quotes that impel change and help bring about a new consciousness on the part of all peoples that peace cannot progress without the respect for human rights. 

Raw Dawgin’
by David J. Mather (Chile 1968–70)
Peace Corps Writers
March 2018
380 pages
$14.95 (paperback)

There are a lot of “goings on” in the backwater fishing village of Crescent Beach — some tragic, some hilarious — but it is the cast of unforgettable characters and their interaction that makes “Raw Dawgin” so enjoyable.

Dream of Another America
By Tyler McMahon (El Salvador 1999-02)
Gival Press, February 2018
373 pages
Paperback $20.00 (paperback), Kindle $9.99 (Kindle)

A Grapes of Wrath for contemporary America —Shawna Yang Ryan

Why Travel Matters: A Guide to the Life-Changing Effects of Travel
by Craig Storti (Morocco 1970- 72)
Nicholas Brealey Publisher
April, 2018
202 pages
$24.95 (hardcover), $13.99 (Kindle)

Craig Storti has written a highly intelligent and deeply engaging book that examines not only the beauty but also the importance of travel.

Life’s Treks and Trails: My Journey from Vale to Kathmandu
by Robert V. Thurston (Venezuela 1968–70; staff: Belize 1972–75, Honduras 1975–77 )
114 pages
$6.30 (paperback)

A memoir that includes the author’s time as a Peace Corps Volunteer, but also the additional 25 years he worked overseas with USAID.




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  • Thurston’s book is worth the read! He brought very special gifts and skills to the Peace Corps as a volunteer and as a staff member. I was fortunate enough to know him as a staff member. Although not my direct supervisor, it was always a pleasure to run into him during capital visits. Now in old age, we get treated to his wonderful memoir.

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