Women of Peace Corps Legacy’s 2024 Summer Reads

Monday May 27, 2024

Our 5 recommended reads will transport you to new and familiar places.


  1. Never the Same Again: Life, Service and Friendship in Liberia by Friends of Liberia (FOL)

This impressive anthology captures the power of intercultural connection through 63 personal stories and poems. Readers will get an intimate glimpse at everyday life in villages across Liberia and learn how living within a different culture fosters understanding and acceptance.

Whether you’ve always wanted to visit the West African country or you are looking to revisit your own memories as a Peace Corps Volunteer, make sure you pick up a copy at your local book store.

  1. Couscous Chronicles by Azzedine Downes

Before he held leadership roles for the Peace Corps, Azzedine Downes served as a Peace Corps Education Volunteer in Morocco. The Couscous Chronicles documents his adventures abroad—from managing a traveling breakdance troupe and befriending shoemakers in Fez to marrying a young woman from Tangiers.

If you appreciate a bit of humor mixed in with your travels, this book is for you.

  1. World Travel: An Irreverent Guide by Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain will be forever remembered for his innate ability to connect with cultures through food. Gain expert travel advice, including what to eat, where to stay and, in some cases, what to avoid from the culinary legend himself.

Foodies will be engrossed by these travel tales that put tastebuds first.

  1. Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal by Dorje Dolma

Dorje Dolma shares what life was like growing up in an undeveloped region of Nepal in the 1980s. At just 5 years old, Dorje began herding her family’s yaks high in the mountains, where she incredibly fought off predatory wolves and snow leopards.

This poignant memoir is about a young girl’s resilience, and her story will remain with you long after you’ve finished the last page.

  1. The Brightest Sun by Adrienne Benson

Set in Kenya’s intoxicating landscape, The Brightest Sun follows the lives of three women—an American anthropologist, an expat wife, and a local Maasi woman—whose paths intersect in surprising ways. This character-driven novel takes a modern look at motherhood, loss, and the struggle to find a sense of belonging as a foreigner.

This book captures all the emotions of what it means to be The Other within a page-turning plot.

Be on the lookout this fall for A Million Miles: My Peace Corps Journey – written by very own Jody Olsen, WPCL’s Co-Chair and former Peace Corps Director.

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