Non-Fiction RPCV Books Published in 2014

Following is a list of the 2014 non-fiction books written by RPCVs. Nominate books from this list for the Paul Cown Non-Fiction Award. (If your non-fiction book ((not Peace Corps memoir)) is not listed, and it was published in 2014, please email me at:

Nominate your favorite book by emailing:

First given in 1990, the Paul Cowan Non-Fiction Award was named to honor Paul Cowan, a Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Ecuador from 1966 to 1967. Cowan wrote The Making of An Un-American about his experiences as a Volunteer in Latin America in the ’60s. A longtime activist and political writer for The Village Voice, Cowan died of leukemia in 1988.

Murder In Benin: Kaztge Puzey’s Death in the Peace Corps
(Peace Corps biography)
by Aaron Kase (Burkina Faso 2006-08)

Young Widower: A Memoir
By John W. Evans (Bangladesh 1999-01)
Winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize
University of Nebraska Press
March 1, 2014

Global Political Economy
by Eddie James Girdner (India l968-70)
Outskirts Press
December 2014

Rapid Qualitative Inquiry: A Field Guide to Team-Bases Assessment
(Second Edition)
by James Beebe (Philippines 1968-73)
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
October 2014

2,000 Miles Around the Tree of Life: A Naturalist Hikes the Appalachian Trail
by Richard W. Carroll (Central Africa Republic 1976-82)
Peace Corps Writers
December 2014

Hunger and Hope: Escaping Poverty and Achieving Food Security in Developing Countries
by George Norton (Colombia 1971-73)
Waveland Press
February 2014

Into the Storm: Journeys with Alzheimer’s
Edited by Collin Tong  (Thailand 1968-69)
Book Publishers Network
January 2014

Louisa Catherine: The Other Mrs. Adams
by Margery Michelmore Heffron (Nigeria 1961)
Yale University Press
April 2014

Chasing Misery: An Anthology of Essays by Women in Humanitarian Responses
Edited by Kelsey Hoppe, with essays by Miranda Bryant (Kazakhstan 2000-02), Caryl Feldacker (Ecuador 1999-01), Emilie Greenhalgh (Cameroon 2007-09), Carmen Sheehan (Ecuador 2000-03); and photographs by Jenn Warren (Jordan 2002)

The 1929 Bunion Derby: John Salo and the Great Footrace across America
by Charles B. Kastner (Seychelles 1980-82)
Syracuse University Press
April 2014

The Italian Letter
by Peter Eisner and Knut Royce (Ethiopia 1962-64)
Amazon Digital
July 2014

Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy
by Christopher R. Hill (Cameroon 1974-76)
Simon & Schuster
October 2014

Touching God: A Journey, a Guide to Mysticism in Christianity and Islam
by Brad Tyndall (Sudan 1984-86)
March 2014

Searching for Normal in the Wake of the Liberian War
(A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series)
by Sharon Alane Abramowitz (Cote d’Ivoire 2000-02)
University of Pennsylvania Press
July 2014

The Mystery of Money: Understanding the Modern Financial World
by Harlan Green (Turkey 1964-66)
Publishing by the Seas
May 2014

Unhinged: Reflections, Opinions, Humor, Reminiscences, and Occasional Rant, Reportage–A Random Chronicle of Our Times
by Gerald Karey (Turkey 1965-67)
Small Batch Books
October 2014


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  • This is such a splendid list and example of the talent and expertise of RPCVs. Peace Corps Washington should have a copy of these and all books by RPCVs and make the reading mandatory for all staff. In the Peace Corps Performance and Accountability Report for FY2014, there are all kinds of plans to improve service, training, evaluation and other program factors.
    The analysis and information provided by these books should be an integral part of that Peace Corps Washington’s effort.

  • John!

    What an impressive, eclectic, and cosmopolitan list.

    Congrats on bringing together so many authors gestated by the Volunteer experience.

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