What are the best Peace Corps books?

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    #1River Town

    River Town

    River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze is a Chinese non-fiction biography book written by Peter Hessler. This cultural reference book is first published in 2001. 

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    Ramón Santiago
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "If you're like me, and you're interested in the Peace Corps, River Town offers an excellent look into the life and struggles of workers as they help to establish humanitarian aid to those who need it. River Town is a Chinese non-fiction by Peter Hessler, and is chock full of cultural references and insight into the two years he spent on the Yangtze."
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    #2Nine Hills to Nambonkaha

    Nine Hills to Nambonkaha

    Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village is an African non-fiction memoir written by Sarah Erdman. It is first published in 2003. 

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    Nicolás Anaya
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "There have been far too man books written about an author's time in the Peace Corps. You can skip most of them without missing out on anything. Don't skip Nine Hills to Nambonkaha. The author is a good writer with something to say."
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    #3The Village of Waiting

    The Village of Waiting

    The Village of Waiting is an African cultural non-fiction memoir written by George Packer. This cultural reference book is first published in 1988. 

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    Madison Duncan
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This depressing but intuitive novel is one of the best I've read. I especially love how the author takes time to understand the perspectives of others and writes a clear picture of Africa that is unseen in other Peace Corps books."
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    #4Dear Exile

    Dear Exile

    Dear Exile: The True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a Year) by an Ocean is an African non-fiction memoir written by Hilary Liftin. It is published in 1999 by Vintage. 

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    Beverly Stewart
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This memoir is unfortunately rife with inaccuracy. I don't think the African setting is done much justice and there's a lot of minimizing the people of the continent. Liftin's tale feels insincere; while reading I didn't think she was reflecting with any growth or new knowledge. Her writing style is absolutely gorgeous at times, but her ideas are lacking."
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    #5Kosher Chinese

    Kosher Chinese

    Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, and Eating with China's Other Billion is a non-fiction memoir written by Michael Levy. It is published in 2011 by Holt Paperbacks. 

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    Shaurya Tambe
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I'm not too familiar with Peace Corps books, so I can't really say which is the best. With that being said Kosher Chinese was a great read. It was really engaging and offered an interesting perspective on living in another country. "
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    #6Living Poor

    Living Poor

    Living Poor is a non-fiction memoir written by Moritz Thomsen. This classic travel feature book is about Moritz joining Peace Corps and first published in 1969. 

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    Gregory Moore
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is an evocative portrayal of a man joining the Peace Corps. I would never had thought a book like this would make me contemplate my life and the decisions I've made leading up to my current situation. It really puts life in perspective. I think it should be a mandatory high school reading in English classes."
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    #7Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook

    Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook
    Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook is a medical non-fiction book written by Travis Hellstrom. This reference book is first published in 2010 by Advance Humanity Pub.
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    Crystal Myers
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook is a medical reference book. It's a great resource for those looking into the Peace Corps."
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    #8Unsavory Elements

    Unsavory Elements

    Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China is a book containing 28 essays from foreigners who spent significant time living in China. Famous writers like Simon Winchester and Alan Paul contributed to this book.

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    Sean Carlson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book is kind of fascinating. It gives you some perspective that is not what you might think of. It will keep you interested from front to back."

Summary

Best What are the best Peace Corps books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1River TownBooks 39 Paid
2Nine Hills to NambonkahaBooks 35 Paid
3The Village of WaitingBooks 34 Paid
4Dear ExileBooks 31 Paid
5Kosher ChineseBooks 29 Paid
6Living PoorBooks 28 Paid
7Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer HandbookBooks 25 Paid
8Unsavory ElementsBooks 23 Paid
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