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Sensible Shoes: The Experiences of an Older Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa Paperback – September 6, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461095883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461095880
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,833,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Annie on November 17, 2011
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I bought this book as a gift. This book was written by a local woman in my town about her experieince as a Peace Corp. volunteer in Africa. I bought the gift for a friend of mine who was also a Peace Corp. volunteer in Africa (although in different areas of the country.)
My friend continues to travel and work outside the country helping other causes, and she always travels very lightly. So it is difficult to get her a gift for birthday's or Christmas, etc. One of her passions is reading. So I bought her this book as a gift right before she left for Bolivia to work in a children's home for the next 6 months. She read the book on the flight over. She has since called me to tell me that she really enjoyed the book alot. As they say - "it was a great read." She said the author was a very good writer, and before starting the book she did not think it would relate to her Peace Corp. experience because they were in different parts of the country. But she said that the experiences were very similiar to hers and that she could completely relate to the author and the things she went through while stationed in Africa. All in all, she loved the book!
And of course what she'll do with it is make a short note inside about herself, and leave it out in the open at her next airport stop for someone else to pick up and enjoy. So now, the book is traveling around the world. I'm glad I could give my friend a gift she enjoyed because she does so much for others.
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By Carol Eger on August 20, 2013
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This Peace Corps volunteer was a senior citizen when she began her service. She was certainly a brave and adventurous individual. The book helped me to realize how much the African continent continues to need the help of others to rise above their difficulties.
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I'll start with what I found good about this book. The author gives a great deal of detail on the mundane, which is often what's interesting in a book like this, because that's where you get the details of daily life.

Now what I find distracting. The author seems trapped in her own personal competition with "the younger volunteers". She constantly makes comments (without need, or evidence to suggest her comments have merit) about how the "younger volunteers" are probably more difficult to deal with than her, have probably chosen footwear that won't hold up (unlike her sensible shoes), and so on.... (to the author: I have a pair of Tevas that have held up for 8 years of hard wear).

I feel like the author never learned to respect the skills and potential of the people she worked with. I found that a little hard to read.
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