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Warren, Dennis M. (Ghana, 1964–66), and Brian Ethan Schwimmer, eds.

Anthropology and the Peace Corps: Case Studies in Career Preparation. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1993. Library of Congress Permalink:

Publisher’s description: “This volume examines growth and change in American anthropology as the field has been influenced by Peace Corps volunteers. It does so through writings by 21 former Peace Corps volunteers, including the editors, who became professional anthropologists. Part I creates a general profile of Peace Corps volunteers who entered careers in anthropology. Part II presents specific accounts that discuss each of the contributors’ motivations for joining the Peace Corps. The contributors also discuss their corps experiences, their reasons for choosing or maintaining careers in anthropology, the matches and mismatches of academic anthropology with experiences in the field, and the impact of the Peace Corps experience on academic anthropology.”

Wentling, Mark (PCV Honduras, 1967–69, Togo 1970–73; PC Staff/Togo, Gabon, Niger, 1973–77).

Africa's Release: The Journey Continues. Vol. 2. 1st Peace Corps Writers edition. Oakland, California: Peace Corps Writers, 2014. Library of Congress Permalink:

Publisher’s description: “JB’s elderly brother and sister were recluses and never spoke to anyone… They were the only ones who could possibly know what had happened to JB, but they did not talk to anyone. They seemed intent on taking JB’s secret, if indeed they knew his secret, to the grave with them. Journey to another time and place in Mark Wentling’s magical new novel, Africa’s Release. The residents of Gemini, Kansas, have grown used to the odd man who goes by the name of JB and roams their neighborhood in a befuddled state. But when he abruptly disappears one night, the townspeople find themselves facing uncomfortable questions, as JB’s life and the dark discoveries in his ramshackle home are made public. Little do they know that JB’s ramblings have all been for a purpose: to transport him back to the African village he left many years before. Now he has returned to the old baobab tree that had years ago swallowed him up—an event that elevated him to the level of demigod in the eyes of the remaining villagers. This sequel to the popular Africa’s Embrace, and the second in Wentling’s African trilogy, is sure to enchant readers once more.”

Africa's Heart: The Journey Ends in Kansas. 1st Peace Corps Writers edition. Oakland, California: Peace Corps Writers, 2014. Library of Congress Permalink:

Publisher’s description: “Fascinated by a mysterious novella, an aspiring journalist, Robin Fletcher, is determined to discover more about the man described in the book…a man known only as JB. His quest leads him from the small town of Gemini, Kansas, to a small, disadvantaged country in Africa. Thousands of miles from Kansas, in the rural village of Ataku, the half-caste chief, Letivi, grapples with his village’s problems. The villagers’ main source of income, subsistence cocoa farming, cannot compete with global competition. Young people are leaving the village, and the village’s only store is under the control of a foreigner. Letivi also has personal problems. Wifeless and childless, his ability to understand the family struggles in his village is being questioned. His supernaturally sensitive mother is dying, a tragedy coinciding with the death of the enormous baobab tree into which Letivi’s father disappeared years ago. As Letivi and the villagers plan the development of a cocoa processing plant, Fletcher traces JB to Ataku, prompting a spontaneous trip to Africa with Molly, a ravishing but erratic woman with family ties to the elusive JB. When Letivi, Molly and Robin meet, events are set in motion that change their lives and Ataku forever.”

White, Virginia P. (Hungary, 1992–94).

Over the Hill in Hungary. Commack, New York: Kroshka Books, 1999. Library of Congress Permalink:

Publisher’s description: “When the Soviet Army that kept Hungary’s communist government in power for 40 years marched away in 1990, they left an economically despondent heavily polluted country whose dispirited people had become cynical and embittered by too many broken promises of happy tomorrows in exchange for hard work and sacrifice today. Their life expectancy was among the world’s lowest and their suicide rate among the highest. By the middle 1990s, Hungary was being hailed as “The economic miracle of post-communist Eastern Europe.” Virginia White observed the transformation and chronicled it in Over the Hill in Hungary. At an age when most people are planning their retirement or may be already retired, she went to Hungary with the U.S. Peace Corps and taught English in a “gymnasium” (high school)….”

Wiley, Richard (South Korea, 1967–69).

Ahmed’s Revenge: A Novel. 1st ed. New York: Random House, 1998. Library of Congress Permalink:

Publisher’s description: “The people in Richard Wiley’s fiction live in the dangerous territory where cultures and worlds collide…. In…Ahmed’s Revenge, Wiley introduces us to Nora Grant, a young coffee farmer living in Kenya in the 1970s, [who]…has disbelievingly stumbled upon her husband, Julius, engaged in what appears to be ivory smuggling, one of the Europeans’ dirtiest games. Before Nora can confront Julius, he is killed in accidental circumstances that soon look more like murder. Nora investigates her husband’s affairs, coming across a succession of people whose lives intertwine and intersect….”

Festival for Three Thousand Maidens. New York: Dutton, 1991. Library of Congress Permalink:

Subject: This is a novel about a rite of passage of a callow Peace Corps volunteer assigned to teach English in rural Korea; he gets drawn into rural politics and cultural conflicts that propel him toward maturity.

Wilfong Holt, Lorissa (Hungary, 1990s).

A Gift of Life: A Memoir of a Peace Corps Volunteer in Hungary. Boise, Idaho: Book Lore Publications, 2003. Library of Congress Permalink:

Subject: This is a memoir of a Holocaust survivor’s two-year service as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in a middle school in Komádi, Hungary.

Wilson, Angene Hopkins, and Jack Wilson, eds. (Liberia, 1962–64; Sierra Leone, 1966–68).

Voices from the Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers. . Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 2011. Library of Congress Permalink:

Publisher’s description: “President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961. In the fifty years since, nearly 200,000 Americans have served in 139 countries, providing technical assistance, promoting a better understanding of American culture, and bringing the world back to the United States. In Voices from the Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers, Angene Wilson and Jack Wilson…follow the experiences of volunteers as they make the decision to join, attend training, adjust to living overseas and the job, make friends, and eventually return home to serve in their communities. They also describe how the volunteers made a difference in their host countries and how they became citizens of the world for the rest of their lives…. Voices from the Peace Corps emphasizes the value of practical idealism in building meaningful cultural connections that span the globe.”

Worrick, Roberta (see Thomas, Maria).

Wyss, Susi (Central African Republic, 1990–92).

The Civilized World: A Novel in Stories. 1st ed. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2011. Library of Congress Permalink:

Publisher’s description: “A glorious literary debut set in Africa about five unforgettable women—two of them haunted by a shared tragedy—whose lives intersect in unexpected and sometimes explosive ways…. At once deeply moving and utterly charming, The Civilized World follows five women as they face meddling mothers-in-law, unfaithful partners, and the lingering aftereffects of racism, only to learn that their cultural differences are outweighed by their common bond as women. With vibrant prose, Susi Wyss explores what it means to need forgiveness—and what it means to forgive.”

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