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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (December 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439222029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439222027
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,137,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Barbara E. Joe, a native of Boston, is a freelance writer, Spanish interpreter, and translator living on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. She is the author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles and several technical books. This is her first book for a general audience.

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Barbara E. Joe, a native of Boston, holds BA and MA degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. A human rights activist for 30 years, she has lived or traveled in more than 45 countries and now works as a writer and Spanish interpreter and translator in Washington, D.C. "Trumph & Hope: Golden Years with the Peace Corps in Honduras," her first book for a general audience, was named Best Peace Corps memoir of 2009 by Peace Corps Writers, Best New Non-Fiction Finalist by National Indie Excellence Awards, and Finalist, Best New Non-Fiction, National Best Books. Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post declared, "Barbara's book is a great read...Buy and read this book, no matter your age" and Midwest Book Review called it "an inspiring read." Barbara has given numerous presentations about her book and Peace Corps service at libraries, universities, conferences, and bookstores (see http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/Peace-Corps-Marks-50-Years-of-Promoting-Peace-Understanding-128416353.html, http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Lifestyle/Achieving-Your-Dreams-Over-40.html, and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc_i84jrfQs). The book is available in paperback and Kindle versions and was recorded by the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

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It is an extremely senistive, well written book.
Jerry L. Wnuck
This book is the story of one woman's courage and indominable spirit to survive.
Jennifer C. Mckemie
I relate to Barbara's story as a former Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.
Pat Holland Conner

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ramiro Peña on January 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
Barbara E. Joe writes with agility and wit. This book is required reading for all those persons who skillfully persuade themselves that it is better to put off things until tomorrow. Barbara Joe's book reminds us that life doesn't wait until tomorrow and that unforeseen circumstances sometimes compel us to follow our dreams. I am reminded of a chapter in Bertrand Russell's The Conquest of Happiness - "Zest" or enthusiasm...you don't write books like Triumph and Hope without a full tank of zest. But in Barbara Joe's case this life-affirming quality is borne out of desolation and despair, and for that reason all the more uplifting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Clapp on August 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Barbara Joe and I are the same age, but that's where the similarities end. I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in my twenties; she served in her sixties. I taught in a boarding school in Nigeria, lived in comfortable faculty housing and played tennis at the local "sundowner" club. She lived in uncomfortable circumstances in isolated rural villages in Honduras ironically named "Triumph" and "Hope" and dealt directly with poverty and illness as a health worker.
If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a Peace Corps volunteer at an age when most of us are drawing Social Security, then "Triumph & Hope: Golden Years with the Peace Corps in Honduras" is the book for you. Her memoir is, indeed, a story of triumph and hope as she overcame divorce and the death of her own son, followed by the death of a foster son, to make a difference in an impoverished developing county.
Barbara was determined to rise from the ashes of these bitter disappointments. Unlike most volunteers, she was already fluent in the language of her host country, Spanish, even before she arrived, which eased her adjustment to a strange, new culture. Her book is a wonderful tale of warm encounters and lasting friendships with the people she served. It's illustrated with photos of her friends and colleagues that provide evidence of her accomplishments in a country she adopted as her own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerry L. Wnuck on August 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
Barbara Joe's book "Triumph & Hope" is a must read for anyone who has ever lived or is thought about living in an undeveloped counrty. It is an extremely senistive, well written book. The tale of her years in Honduras covers the ups and downs, the joy and frustration and the dreams and achievements of goals reached and those beyond reach. For me, who entered Peace Corp in mid-life it brought back many memories even though our experiences and locations were total different. I found the book delightful and charming and have given it to numerous people as a gift.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Burman on July 27, 2009
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I just finished this book and thought it was excellent. I am a former Peace Corps volunteer (El Salvador '96-'98) and simply wanted to say that I thought the book really gives the reader a view from the inside, a real life perspective of the hardships, challenges, and joy of living in Central America. I can relate to so many of the stories and personalities in the book. It's amazing how the book brought back intense emotions and memories for me. I admire the author's dedication and commitment to the people of Latin America, as well as her courage to welcome so many adventures. The book was simply a great, inspiring reminder of the many ways we can all contribute to the global society.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Virginia A. Mattern on June 3, 2009
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Barbara Joe tells the good and bad of life in the Peace Corps, and she does it in an entertaining way. Even little things are a struggle, but somehow, day by day, her efforts add up to successes. I don't know if the realities that Barbara Joe describes will encourage or discourage volunteers, but those who read and choose to volunteer will be better informed of what there decision means. And I'm certainly glad for all the people, like Barbara Joe, who are willing to give up their own comfort to help others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark E. Laxer on April 28, 2009
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Interested in joining Peace Corps? Interested in how one person, seemingly against all odds, can make a significant difference in peoples' lives? Interested in finding shades of triumph and hope in what seems too often a dark, cruel world? I much enjoyed reading about Barbara's personal odyssey and I feel as though I've learned quite a bit about Honduran, and Peace Corps culture, along the way. For me there was no single moment in the work, in her work, that stands out. Rather, it is her daily persistence, dedication, and sensitivity, applied over three years, which form the core of her message and her achievement. Well done, Barbara. You serve as an excellent role model, the best the USA has to put forward.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kent on April 3, 2009
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Barbara Joe's lively, wise, compassionate and insightful account of her service with the Peace Corps in Honduras is essential reading for potential Peace Corps volunteers, travelers, and just about anyone interested in what life is really like for people in a developing country. With humor and grace, combined with a warm understanding of the human heart, she describes her eventful experiences among the poor residents of two regions of Honduras, a Central American nation which is not often covered by the international press. The everyday lives, hopes and travails of the Hondurans whom she faithfully served as a Peace Corps volunteer are superbly described. The author's experiences demonstrate how much just one person can accomplish in making a difference in the lives of others. Barbara Joe will never be forgotten by the Hondurans among whom she lived, or by the people who read her superb book. "Triumph & Hope: Golden Years with the Peace Corps in Honduras" has my highest possible recommendation.
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