Peace Corps Memoirs Published in 2014

Following is a list of the 2014 memoirs written by RPCVs. Nominate books from this list for the Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award. (If your Peace Corps memoir is not listed, and it was published in 2014, please email me at:

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THE PEACE CORPS EXPERIENCE AWARD was initiated in 1992. It is presented annually to a Peace Corps Volunteer or staff member for the best depiction of life in the Peace Corps. It can be a personal essay, story, novella, poem, letter, cartoon, song or memoir. The subject matter can be any aspect of the Peace Corps experience – daily life, assignment, travel, host country nationals, other Volunteers, readjustment.

In 1997, this award was renamed to honor Moritz Thomsen (Ecuador 1965-67) whose Living Poor has been widely cited as an outstanding telling of the essence of the Peace Corps experience.

The Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Memoir Award

Heart of Palms: My Peace Corps Years in Tranquilla
by Meredith Cornett (Panama 1991-93)
University of Alabama Press
December 2014

Finding Neguinho
by David Randle (Brazil 1964-69)
Page Publishing
June 2014

A Young American in Iran
by Tom Klobe (Iran 1964-66)
Peace Corps Writers
December 2014

Tales from A Muzungu
by Nicholas Duncan
Peace Corps Writers
December 2014

Those Were the Days: A Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines in the Late ’60s
by James Beebe (Philippines 1968-73)
Peace Corps Writers
December 2014

Betty Zee in PC: Sights and Sounds from a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru
by Betty  Zambrano (Peru 2012-14)
Kindle 2014

Nigeria Revisited: My Life and Loves Abroad
by Catherine Onyemelukwe (Nigeria 1962-64)
Peace Corps Writers
October 2014

Paradise in Front of Me: Realizing Life’s Beauty in An Unexpected Place
by Kevin G. Finch (Honduras 2004-06)
Peace Corps Writers
January 2014

Indian Summer: A Love Letter to India and the Story of India 29
Arthur J. Frankel (India 1966-68)

Posted in Paraguay
Eloise Hanner (Afghanistan 1971-73 & Paraguay 1999-2000)
A Peace Corps Writers Book
March 2014

Me, Madam: Peace Corps Letters from Nigeria 1961-1963
by Dorothy Crews Herzberg (Nigeria 1961-63) and Hershel Herzberg
Ace Light Books

Letters from Yemen
by Mary Lou Currier (Yemen 1991-94)
June 2014

Living with the Pinatubo Aetas: A Peace Corps Philippines Journal
by Richard C. Schneider (Philippines 1969-71, 1974-77)
A Peace Corps Writers Book
July 2014

Dancing with Gogos: A Peace Corps Memoir
by Gary P. Cornelius (South Africa 2012-13)
A Peace Corps Writers Book
July 2014

Young Widower: A Memoir
by John W. Evans (Bangladesh 1999-2001)
University of Nebraska Press
March 2014

At Home on the Kazakh Steppe: A Peace Corps Memoir
by Janet Givens (Kazakhstan 2004-06)
Ant Press
August 2014

Breathe: A Memoir of Motherhood, Grief, and Family Conflict
by Kelly Kittel (Jamaica 1985-87)
She Writes Press
May 2014

Ladyboy and the Volunteer
by Susanne Aspley (Thailand 1989-91)
Peace Corps Writers
November 2014

Mongolia Monologues: The Trials, Tribulations, Triumphs and Truths of a Feisty, Fifty-Something Peace Corps Volunteer
by Joanne Nussbaum (Mongolia 2010-12)
November 2014

Water Skiing on the Amazon: A Memoir for My Grandchildren
by Patricia S. Taylor Edmisten (Peru 1962-64)
October 2014

Confessions of a Renegade: Peace Corps Years
by Eddie James Girdner (India 1968-70)
New Delhi, India: Gyan Books
January 2014

A Time That Was…:A Peace Corps Volunteer’s Experience of Pre-revolutionary Liberia, West Africa, 1962-1964
by Philip S. Salisbury (Liberia 1962-64)
July 2014

When British Honduras Became Belize–1971-1973: A Peace Corps Memoir
by Ted W. Cox (Sierra Leone 1969-71, Belize 1971-73)
Old World Deli Publications Department

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