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Product Details

  • Series: Peace Corps at 50
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609520009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609520007
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aaron Barlow lives and teaches in Brooklyn, NY. Three of his books have centered on blogging and New Media and two concern film. In addition, he has edited a volume of essays by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers on their experiences in Africa.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barrett on April 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
A family member sent me this wonderful book, since I will be leaving on my own Peace Corps journey to Africa in one month. The stories are mostly short and easily digested, but rich with tales of adventure, caution, and advice for the future traveller. After reading this book, I feel more confident in decision to join the Peace Corps. I also know what to do if I awake to find an angry elephant outside my house. It's an especially great read for anyone interested in travelling abroad!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By donna l rouner on May 27, 2011
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Reading the stimulating stories from Peace Corps volunteers who served in Africa massaged my senses. This volume educes a range of feelings and emotions, for example:
Jubilation (Children taunting a white Peace Corps volunteer because of fascination and fondness)
Astonishment (an individual's not believing clean water comes out of a faucet)
Joy (the celebration of a big butt as beautiful)
Frustration (a community's fatalistic attitude that keeps villagers from building latrines)
Sadness (a Peace Corps Volunteer tenderly crying because she cannot deliver on her promise to return)
Rage (ceremonies that mark genital mutilation)
Hilarity (Old tribal chief asking why he has to continually chew out the white people)
Shock (Rat being served for dinner)
Wow (6-foot cobra killed with a broom)

Enough noted.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on August 11, 2011
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I haven't read all the essays (yet) but the ones I have read are wonderful and so unique. I was very touched by Daniel Franklin's story Imani about his dog, Solveig Nilsen's piece called Your Parents Visited You in Africa? which was beautifully written and Janet Grace Riehl's Big Butts Are Beautiful! which I believe every woman in the United States should take to heart. I have never read a book quite like this. It makes one want to join the Peace Corps. I am looking forward to finishing these essays. They were obviously chosen with care.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lenore Waters on July 12, 2011
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I really can't be an unbiased reviewer as I have a story in this book.

I CAN tell you that each story is true. I can also tell you that each story is well written.

You are a different person after two years in the Peace Corps. You also become able to
write about your experience with a unique sensitivity to humanity's woes.
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