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Magnarella, Paul J. (Turkey, 1963–65).

Tradition and Change in a Turkish Town. Cambridge: Schenkman: New York: John Wiley, 1974 (revised ed. Schenkman, 1981). Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/74014927

Subject: The book is an expansion of the author’s Harvard University dissertation thesis.

Mather, David J. (Chile, 1968–70).

When the Whistling Stopped: A Novel.  1st Peace Corps Writers edition. Oakland, California: Peace Corps Writers, 2014. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2014941666

Publisher’s description: “Tom Young, still lamenting the death of his Chilean fiancé thirty years earlier, returns to southern Chile. When thousands of black-necked swans disappear, it is an environmental disaster. What’s going on! He meets a handsome young couple, Amanda and Carlos, who suspect a new paper mill is poisoning the waters of the swans’ refuge, and set out to prove it. The amoral mill owner, financially strapped, can’t let them succeed, and will do anything to stop them, including murder. When middle-aged Lilia, tortured by the memory of being raped when she was twelve years old, meets Tom, he feels a stirring he hasn’t felt since before his fiancée’s tragic death. She too is attracted to him, but they are soon caught up in the mill owner’s violent attempts to silence Amanda and Carlos, with disastrous results. The tragic, surprising, and, finally, hopeful twists and turns of this fast-paced, environmental drama make it difficult to put down.”

Maskarinec, Gregory G. (Nepal, 1979–81).

The Rulings of the Night: An Ethnography of Nepalese Shaman Oral Texts. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1995. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/94023024

Publisher’s description: “It is impossible to discuss what shamans are and what they do, contends Gregory G. Maskarinec, without knowing what shamans say. When Maskarinec took an interest in shaman rituals on his first visit to Nepal, he was told by many Nepalis and Westerners that the shamans he had encountered in the Himalayan foothills of western Nepal engaged in "meaningless mumblings." But in the course of several years of fieldwork he learned from the shamans that both their long, publicly chanted rituals and their whispered, secretive incantations are oral texts meticulously memorized through years of training. In The Rulings of the Night, he shows how the shamans, during their dramatic night-long performances, create the worlds of words in which shamans exist.”

Mass, Leslie Noyes (Pakistan, 1962–64).

Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2011. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2011019782

Publisher’s description: “In 1962, Leslie Noyes was one of the first to answer the call of President Kennedy. She found herself in a remote village in Pakistan, 21 years old, and fresh from college graduation, with the only directive to “find something to do” in a Muslim village with no other Peace Corps volunteers, no other Westerners, no program, and scarce resources. Coming face to face with her naiveté, youthful arrogance, and inexperience, she muddles her way through her first year of service, moves on to a larger city with other volunteers, then returns home to pursue a career as an educator. Forty-seven years later, she returns to Pakistan—a much-changed woman to a much-changed country. She intersperses the current-day tale with the journal entries from 1962, thereby providing a colorful and poignant comparison between a country in its infancy and a country in transition, and the woman of 21 with the woman of 68.”

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McCann, James C. (Ethiopia, 1973–75).

Green Land, Brown Land, Black Land: An Environmental History of Africa, 1800-1990. Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Heinemann, 1999. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/98035565

Publisher’s description: “James C. McCann provides a synthesis of evidence and a narrative of Africa's environmental history over the past two centuries. In a book readily accessible to undergraduates and nonspecialists, Professor McCann argues that far from being pristine and primordial spaces, Africa's landscapes were created by human activity. This argument contrasts strongly with the idealized notions of an African Eden commonly held in the West and in Africa itself. It also confronts more recent alarm about degradation of Africa's natural and human resources by examining the historical evidence of environmental change. Key topics within the book are the effects of population growth, disease, agricultural change, the state of natural resources, and the changing role of the state in how Africans have managed and changed their own landscapes.”

The Historical Ecology of Malaria in Ethiopia: Deposing the Spirits. Ohio University Press Series in Ecology and History. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2014. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2015004831

Publisher’s description: “Malaria is an infectious disease like no other: it is a dynamic force of nature and Africa’s most deadly and debilitating malady. James C. McCann tells the story of malaria in human, narrative terms and explains the history and ecology of the disease through the science of landscape change. All malaria is local. Instead of examining the disease at global or continental scale, McCann investigates malaria’s adaptation and persistence in a single region, Ethiopia, over time and at several contrasting sites.”

Maize and Grace: Africa's Encounter with a New World Crop, 1500-2000. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2005. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2004054325

Publisher’s description: “Sometime around 1500 A.D., an African farmer planted a maize seed imported from the New World. That act set in motion the remarkable saga of one of the world's most influential crops--one that would transform the future of Africa and of the Atlantic world. Africa's experience with maize is distinctive but also instructive from a global perspective: experts predict that by 2020 maize will become the world's most cultivated crop. James McCann moves easily from the village level to the continental scale, from the medieval to the modern, as he explains the science of maize production and explores how the crop has imprinted itself on Africa's agrarian and urban landscapes. Today, maize accounts for more than half the calories people consume in many African countries. During the twentieth century, a tidal wave of maize engulfed the continent, and supplanted Africa's own historical grain crops--sorghum, millet, and rice. In the metamorphosis of maize from an exotic visitor into a quintessentially African crop, in its transformation from vegetable to grain, and from curiosity to staple, lies a revealing story of cultural adaptation. As it unfolds, we see how this sixteenth-century stranger has become indispensable to Africa's fields, storehouses, and diets, and has embedded itself in Africa's political, economic, and social relations. The recent spread of maize has been alarmingly fast, with implications largely overlooked by the media and policymakers. McCann's compelling history offers insight into the profound influence of a single crop on African culture, health, technological innovation, and the future of the world's food supply.”

People of the Plow: An Agricultural History of Ethiopia, 1800-1990. Thomas Leiper Kane Collection (Library of Congress. Hebraic Section). Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1995. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/94037124

Publisher’s description: “For more than two thousand years, Ethiopia’s ox-plow agricultural system was the most efficient and innovative in Africa, but has been afflicted in the recent past by a series of crises: famine, declining productivity, and losses in biodiversity. James C. McCann analyzes the last two hundred years of agricultural history in Ethiopia to determine whether the ox-plow agricultural system has adapted to population growth, new crops, and the challenges of a modern political economy based in urban centers. This agricultural history is set in the context of the larger environmental and landscape history of Ethiopia, showing how farmers have integrated crops, tools, and labor with natural cycles of rainfall and soil fertility, as well as with the social vagaries of changing political systems. McCann traces characteristic features of Ethiopian farming, such as the single-tine scratch plow, which has retained a remarkably consistent design over two millennia, and a crop repertoire that is among the most genetically diverse in the world. People of the Plow provides detailed documentation of Ethiopian agricultural practices since the early nineteenth century by examining travel narratives, early agricultural surveys, photographs and engravings, modern farming systems research, and the testimony of farmers themselves, collected during McCann’s five years of fieldwork. He then traces the ways those practices have evolved in the twentieth century in response to population growth, urban markets, and the presence of new technologies.”

Stirring the Pot: A History of African Cuisine. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2009. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2009035723

Publisher’s description: “Africa’s art of cooking is a key part of its history. All too often Africa is associated with famine, but in Stirring the Pot, James C. McCann describes how the ingredients, the practices, and the varied tastes of African cuisine comprise a body of historically gendered knowledge practiced and perfected in households across Africa's diverse human and ecological landscape. McCann reveals how Africa’s tastes and culinary practices are integral to the understanding of African history and more generally to the new literature on food as social history. Stirring the Pot offers a chronology of African cuisine beginning in the sixteenth century and continuing from Africa's original edible endowments to its globalization. McCann traces African cooks’ use of new crops, spices, and tastes, including New World imports like maize, hot peppers, cassava, potatoes, tomatoes, and peanuts, as well as plantain, sugarcane, spices, Asian rice, and other ingredients from the Indian Ocean world. He analyzes recipes, not as fixed ahistorical documents, but as lively and living records of historical change in women’s knowledge and farmers’ experiments. A final chapter describes in sensuous detail the direct connections of African cooking to New Orleans jambalaya, Cuban rice and beans, and the cooking of Americans’ “soul food.” Stirring the Pot breaks new ground and makes clear the relationship between food and the culture, history, and national identity.”

McCauley, William (Sierra Leone, 1985–87).

The Turning Over. Sag Harbor, New York: Permanent Press, 1998. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/97030147

Publisher’s description: “The experiences of an American aid worker in Africa. He hates the rampant corruption, but likes the plentiful sex and drugs. Sent on a fishing project into the interior of Sierra Leone, he runs into armed rebels and nearly dies.”

McMahon, Tyler (El Salvador, 1999–02).

Kilometer 99: A Novel. 1st ed. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2014. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2014008116

Publisher’s description: “Malia needs to leave El Salvador. A surfer and aspiring engineer, she came to Central America as a Peace Corps volunteer and fell in love with Ben. Malia's past year has been perfect: her weeks spent building a much-needed aqueduct in the countryside, and her weekends spent with Ben, surfing point-breaks in the nearby port city of La Libertad. Suddenly, a major earthquake devastates the country and brings an abrupt end to her work. Ben and Malia decide to move on. Now free of obligations, they have an old car, a wad of cash, surfboards, and rough plans for an epic trip through South America. Just as they're about to say goodbye to their gritty and beloved Salvadoran beach town, a mysterious American surfer known only as Pelochucho shows up—spouting grandiose plans and persuading them to stay. Days become weeks; documents go missing; money gets tight. Suddenly, Ben and Malia can’t leave. Caught between bizarre real estate offers, suspect drug deals, and internal jealousies, this unlikely band of surfers, aid-workers, and opportunists all struggle to find their way through a fallen world.”

McQuillan, Karin (Senegal, 1971).

Deadly Safari. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1990. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/89024102

Publisher’s description: “It’s open season on rich Americans. Leading the pack are two wealthy businessmen…with an aging wife apiece…. Two of them will soon be dead. Faced with this unnatural attrition, Jazz Jasper admits that her first run as an independent safari guide may also be her last. But every animal—even a desperate two-legged one—leaves a trail, and Jazz, hardly certain whether she is hunter or game, sets about trapping a remorseless human predator.”

Elephant’s Graveyard. New York: Ballantine Books, 1993. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/92054391

Publisher’s description: “McQuillan’s Kenya is Isak Dinesen’s, seventy years later, a paradise lost but still breathtaking and rich in wildlife, with the potent magic to restore the spirits of Americans and Europeans in search of new beginnings. Recovering from a bad marriage and a worse divorce, American expatriate Jazz Jasper happily ekes out a living running safari tours and working for animal rights. When the lifeless body of wealthy American Ammet Laird, head of the Save the Elephants foundation, is found beside a watering hole, Emmet’s grieving lover, Mikki, presses her friend Jazz to investigate. But as Jazz stalks her game high in the forested hills and through the streets of Nairobi, she becomes certain that the murderer she seeks is someone she knows well….”

The Cheetah Chase. 1st ed. New York: Ballantine Books, 1994. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/93047125

Publisher’s description: “When investigative journalist Nick Hunter dies from a scorpion sting on his isolated cheetah preserve in Kenya, American safari guide Jazz Jasper thinks it a natural tragedy – but then something doesn't fit. Her search for Nick’s killer leads her on a sweeping adventure from the rich suburbs of Nairobi to an illegal Saudi hunting camp, and the hidden home of a stone-age hunter. This is a page-turner with equal parts African adventure and clever murder mystery.”

Meijer, Darcy Munson, ed. (Gabon, 1982–84).

Adventures in Gabon: Peace Corps Stories from the African Rainforest. 1st Peace Corps Writers ed. Oakland, California: Peace Corps Writers, 2011. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2011935224

Goodreads.com review by Lawrence: “If you served in Gabon as a Peace Corps volunteer, this will be like a yearbook and a reunion all in one. It is a book of anecdotes by more than thirty writers who served between 1962 and 2005. This is the only Peace Corps book I have ever read that included accounts from years covering the entire Peace Corps experience in one nation (the Gabon program closed in 2005). Unlike most Peace Corps anthologies, this one includes contributions by volunteers who served after 1980. Equally unusual, the name of Shriver is never mentioned and Kennedy is mentioned only once. Divided into seven sections (Joining the Peace Corps, Not in Ohio Anymore, Health and Safety, Impressive People, Magic and Belief, Lessons in Culture and Fiction), the book notes each author’s name, dates of service and job. However, the anecdotes are actually answers to questions posed over the years by the editor of a quarterly newsletter called The Gabon Letter. Since they are answers to questions (What was the dumbest thing you did? What language mistakes did you make? Were you ever sick? etc.), they are generally very short and often filled with Peace Corps jargon (PCV, COS, TEFL, PCVL, CIRMF, STDs).”

Meisler, Stanley (staff/Washington, 1964–67).

When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and its First Fifty Years. Boston: Beacon Press, 2011. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2010033723

Publisher’s description: “Not an institutional history, When the World Calls is the first complete and balanced look at the Peace Corps’s first fifty years. Revelatory and candid, Stanley Meisler’s engaging narrative exposes Washington infighting, presidential influence, and the Volunteers’ unique struggles abroad. Meisler deftly unpacks the complicated history with sharp analysis and memorable anecdotes, taking readers on a global trek starting with the historic first contingent of Volunteers to Ghana on August 30, 1961. The Peace Corps has served as an American emblem for world peace and friendship, yet few realize that it has sometimes tilted its agenda to meet the demands of the White House. Tracing its history through the past nine presidential administrations, Meisler discloses, for instance, how Lyndon Johnson became furious when Volunteers opposed his invasion of the Dominican Republic; he reveals how Richard Nixon literally tried to destroy the Peace Corps, and how Ronald Reagan endeavored to make it an instrument of foreign policy in Central America. But somehow the ethos of the Peace Corps endured, largely due to the perseverance of the 200,000 Volunteers themselves, whose shared commitment to effect positive global change has been a constant in one of our most complex-and valued-institutions.”

Meijer, Darcy Munson, ed. (Gabon, 1982–84).

Adventures in Gabon: Peace Corps Stories from the African Rainforest. 1st Peace Corps Writers ed. Oakland, California: Peace Corps Writers, 2011. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2011935224

Messinger, Delfi (Zaire, 1984–87).

Grains of Golden Sand: Adventures in War-Torn Africa. Honolulu, Hawaii: The Fine Print Press, 2007. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2006923404

Subject: The book appears to be based on the author’s Peace Corps experience in Zaire (present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo) and the city of Kinshasa. A main topic appears to be the Bonobo, once known as the pygmy chimpanzee.

Meyer, Michael (China, 1995–97).

The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed. New York: Walker & Co., 2008. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2008015546

Publisher’s description: “A fascinating, intimate portrait of Beijing through the lens of its oldest neighborhood, Dazhalan. Meyer examines how the bonds that hold the neighborhood together are being torn by forced evictions as century-old houses and ways of life are increasingly destroyed to make way for shopping malls, the capital’s first Wal-Mart, high-rise buildings, and widened streets for cars replacing bicycles.”

Miles, William F. S. (Niger, 1977–79).

Hausaland Divided: Colonialism and Independence in Nigeria and Niger. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1994. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/93031669

Publisher’s description: “How have different forms of colonialism shaped societies and their politics? What can borderland communities teach us about nation building and group identity? William F. S. Miles focuses on the Hausa-speaking people of West Africa, whose land is still split by an arbitrary boundary established by Great Britain and France at the turn of the century. In 1983, Miles returned as a Fulbright scholar to the region where he had served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the late 1970s. Already fluent in the Hausa language, he established residence in carefully selected twin villages on either side of the border separating the Republic of Niger from the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Over the next year, and then during subsequent visits, he traveled by horseback between the two places, conducting surveys, collecting oral testimony, and living the ethnographic life. Miles argues that the colonial imprint of the British and the French can still be discerned more than a generation after the conferring of formal independence on Nigeria and Niger.”

Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey. Princeton, New Jersey: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2013. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2012018759

Publisher’s description: “While Jews have long had a presence in Ethiopia and the Maghreb, Africa's newest Jewish community of note is in Nigeria, where upwards of twenty thousand Igbos are commonly claimed to have adopted Judaism. Bolstered by customs recalling an Israelite ancestry, but embracing rabbinic Judaism, they are also the world's first "Internet Jews." William Miles has spent over three decades conducting research in West Africa. In /Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey, /he shares life stories from this spiritually passionate community, as well as his own Judaic reflections as he celebrates Hanukka and a bar mitzvah with "Jubos" in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. A concluding encounter with laureate Chinua Achebe reveals unexpected family connections to one of the most intriguing Jewish and African communities to emerge in modern times.”

Afro-Jewish Encounters: From Timbuktu to the Indian Ocean and Beyond. With a foreword by Ali A. Mazrui. Princeton, New Jersey: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2014. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2013025407

Publisher’s description: “A Muslim curator and archivist who preserves in his native Timbuktu the memory of its rabbi. An evangelical Kenyan who is amazed to meet a living 'Israelite.' Indian Ocean islanders who maintain the Jewish cemetery of escapees from Nazi Germany. These are just a few of the encounters the author shares from his sojourns and fieldwork.”

Scars of Partition: Postcolonial Legacies in French and British Borderlands. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2013050471

Publisher’s description: “Based on three decades of fieldwork throughout the developing world, Scars of Partition is the first book to systematically evaluate the long-term implications of French and British styles of colonialism and decolonization for ordinary people throughout the so-called Third World. It pays particular attention to the contemporary legacies of artificial boundaries superimposed by Britain and France that continue to divide indigenous peoples into separate postcolonial states. In so doing, it uniquely illustrates how the distinctive stamps of France and Britain continue to mark daily life along and behind these inherited borders in Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Caribbean. Scars of Partition draws on political science, anthropology, history, and geography to examine six cases of indigenous, indentured, and enslaved peoples partitioned by colonialism in West Africa, West Indies, South Pacific, Southeast Asia, South India, and the Indian Ocean. William F. S. Miles demonstrates that sovereign nations throughout the developing world, despite basic differences in culture, geography, and politics, still bear the underlying imprint of their colonial pasts. Disentangling and appreciating these embedded colonial legacies is critical to achieving full decolonization—particularly in their borderlands.”

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Miller, Christopher L. (Zaire [present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo], 1975–77).

Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in France. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/85001157

Publisher’s description: “Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French is a brilliant and altogether convincing analysis of the way in which Western writers, from Homer to the twentieth century have…imposed their language of desire on the least-known part of the world and have called it ‘Africa.’ There are excellent readings here of writers ranging from Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Sade, and Celine to Conrad and Yambo Ouologuem, but even more impressive and important than these individual readings is Mr. Miller’s wide-ranging, incisive, and exact analysis of ‘Africanist’ discourse, what it has been and what it has meant in the literature of the Western world.”—James Olney, Louisiana State University

Mills, Nick B. (Colombia, 1965–66).

The Failing American Intervention and the Struggle for Afghanistan. New York: John Wiley, 2007. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2007026599

Publisher’s description: “The untold story of Hamid Karzai’s dramatic rise to the presidency of Afghanistan and the problems he and his country face. In 2004, Hamid Karzai was elected president in Afghanistan’s first-ever democratic election. Today, criticized for indecisiveness and targeted for assassination by extremists, President Karzai struggles to build on the country’s modest post-Taliban achievements before civil unrest undermines his government. Now, author Nick Mills draws on months of candid personal interviews with the charismatic Afghan president to offer a revealing portrait of the figure known to millions by his familiar uniform of karakul cap and long green chappan. Timely and compelling, Karzai tells the fascinating story of a unique leader with a keen intellect, a natural gift for storytelling, and a presidency in peril.”

Molloy, Aimee (Senegal, 1976–79).

However Long the Night: Molly Melching’s Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph. 1st ed. San Francisco: HarperOne, 2013. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2012048654

Amazon.com description: “In However Long the Night, Aimee Molloy tells the unlikely and inspiring story of Molly Melching, an American woman whose experience as an exchange student in Senegal led her to found Tostan and dedicate almost four decades of her life to the girls and women of Africa. This moving biography details Melching's beginnings at the University of Dakar and follows her journey of 40 years in Africa, where she became a social entrepreneur and one of humanity's strongest voices for the rights of girls and women. Inspirational and beautifully written, However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph is a passionate entreaty for all global citizens. This book is published in partnership with the Skoll Foundation, dedicated to accelerating innovations from organizations like Tostan that address the world's most pressing problems.”

Monninger, Joseph (Upper Volta [present-day Burkina Faso], 1975–77).

The Viper Tree. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1991. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/90010182

Publisher’s description: “Nothing in Monninger’s previous work…prepares one for this extraordinary novel, an intriguing psychological puzzle that explores the nature of belief in religion and in superstitious magic as well as the thin line between the two. AWOL Nazi soldier Fredereich Loebus flees Europe, unwittingly ending up in West Africa, where he is captured and treated viciously by a primitive tribe. Escaping into the desert, he is saved from death by a mission of French nuns…. Under threat of prison by the French authorities, Loebus escapes again, hiding in the bush, where he becomes “purely African,” acquiring a reputation as a healer with miraculous powers. Years later, Loebus, now known as Father Faujas, has become a nyanga, or witch man, with the ability to inflict deadly curses; even after his death, his reputation lives on in a macabre fashion. Monninger renders a stunning picture of West Africa, describing the terrain, the weather, and the customs and rituals of native tribes in a measured prose that also chillingly sets off the brutal events of the narrative.”

Morton, Fred (Nigeria, 1964–65)), Jeff Ramsey, and Part Themba Mgadia.

Historical Dictionary of Botswana. Historical Dictionaries of Africa; no. 44. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2008. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2007052314

Publisher’s description: “This fourth edition of Historical Dictionary of Botswana, through its chronology, introductory essay, appendixes, map, bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on important people, places, events, as well as institutions and significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects, provides an important reference on this African country.”

Morrow, Baker H. (Somalia, 1968–69).

Horses Like the Wind and Other Stories of Africa. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2001. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2001002646

Publisher’s description: “Set in Somalia just after its independence in the 1960s, Horses Like the Wind and Other Stories of Africa is a collection of nine short storied that paint a portrait of the many different lives that intertwine along the Horn of Africa. A ruthless horse dealer comes up against the best tracker in the Somali army; transplanted Italian farmers look to a future of stark disintegration as they struggle to hold on to their lands and their families; gutsy American women attempt to establish lives of their own in the remote East African desert; and a beggar and an idealist meet in a chance encounter on the steps of a Mogadishu bank, with mind-numbing consequences.”

Mueller, Marnie (Ecuador, 1963–65).

Green Fires: Assault on Eden: A Novel of the Ecuadorian Rain Forest. Willimantic, Connecticut: Curbstone Press, 1994. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/94002426

Awards: American Book Award, 1994; RPCV Writers & Readers’ Maria Thomas Fiction Award, 1995

Publisher’s description: “For her honeymoon, a former Peace Corps volunteer takes her husband to Ecuador to revisit old haunts. They get caught up in the violent politics of the rainforest where a multinational company is exterminating Indian tribes.”

Müller, Karin (Philippines, 1987–89).

Along the Inca Road: A Woman’s Journey into an Ancient Empire. Washington, DC: Adventure Press: National Geographic Society, 2000. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2001274256

Publisher’s description: “In this vivid, freewheeling expedition, Karin Müller travels the ancient route to explore its dramatic history and discover new adventures along its length and breadth…. As she spins the wool of her stories into a modern tapestry of faces and memories, Muller intertwines a chronicle of the ancient Inca from their race’s mythical birth on an island in lofty Lake Titicaca to their sudden plunge from the height of imperial power at the hands of a ragtag band of Spanish soldiers of fortune. We learn how they lived, worshipped, and warred, and why such a magnificent culture proved so vulnerable to invaders.”

Hitchhiking Vietnam: A Woman’s Solo Journey in an Elusive Land. 1st ed. Old Saybrook, Connecticut: Globe Pequit Press, 1998. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/97047233

Publisher’s description: “The author, an American woman, tells the story of her seven-month adventure hitchhiking through Vietnam in search of villages and people untouched by the encroaching commercialism of the Western world.”

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