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RPCVs from Ethiopia and Eritrea may borrow any items in our library at no cost. Contact our librarian Hayward Allen at hallen02@rochester.rr.com

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Books about Ethiopia and Eritrea
Adventures in the Bone Trade: The Race to Discover Human Ancestors in Ethiopia's Afar Depression by Jon Kalb [Copernicus Books 2001]
Reviewed in The Herald #23.
Ethiopia My Home: The Story of John Moraitis as told by Elizabeth Germany [Addis Ababa: Shama Books 2001]
Reviewed in The Herald #28 (page 37) by Frances Fisher LaCroix. Click for PDF version of #28
The Hospital by the River: A Story of Hope by Dr. Catherine Hamlin with John Little [Macmillian 2001]
      Reviewed in The Herald #26 by Hayward Allen.
Notes from the Hyena's Belly: An Ethiopia Boyhood by Nega Mezleia [Picador 2001]
Reviewed in The Herald #23.
To Asmara by Thomas Keneally, Warner Books, 1989, paperback. Signed by the author in 1995. [Donated by CJ. Castagnaro.]
An Evaluation of the June 21, 1992 Elections in Ethiopia, prepared by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the African-American Institute, 1992. 158 pages.
A Song of Longing: An Ethiopian Journey by Kay Kaufman Shelemay, University of Illinois Press, 1991. 177 pages
"In 1973 Kay Kaufman flew to Ethiopia to do research on music in the villages of the Beta Israel, often called the Falasha or Ethiopian Jews. In A Song of Longing, she reveals how two events, her marriage to Sephardic Jew in Addis Ababa and the cataclysmic Ethiopian revolution, not only complicated her life but unexpectedly made it possible for her to unravel the complexities of the Beta Israel liturgy and music."
Lion by the Tail: The Story of the Italian-Ethiopian War by Thomas M. Coffey [NY: The Viking Press 1974
Recommended by Hayward Allen in The Herald #25
The Blue Nile by Alan Moorehead (Perennial, 1962)
      Recommended and discussed in "Reading about Tewodros" by John Coyne in The Herald #25
Abyssinian Stop Press edited by Ladislas Farago, London: Robert Hale & Co, 1936
The press looks at Ethiopia and WWII. Reviewed in The Herald #24
Unknown Ethiopia: New Light on Darkest Abyssinia by James E. Baum [NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1935]
Reviewed in The Herald #27 by John Coyne REVIEW
Red Sea to Blue Nile: a Thousand Miles of Ethiopia by Rosita Forbes [Furman 1935]
A British woman's travel experiences in Ethiopia. Reviewed in The Herald #23.
Books for travellers in Ethiopia and Eritrea
Ethiopian Amharic Phrasebook by Tilahun K Gabriel and Catherine Snow, Lonely Planet Publications, 1996. 204 pages.
We have all been waiting 30 plus years for this!!! It is published by Lonely Planet Publications of Australia, and Oakland, CA. This small pocket guide contains 200 pages packed with grammar and cultural notes, and is organized by subject area (such as greeting people, getting around town, ordering food at restaurants, and shopping). The phrases are written in English and in Amharic script - perfect if you return to Ethiopia for a visit. Did you know that there is no word in Amharic for "No"? Alternatives are yellem (there isn't, it's not there), aydellem (it's not/it isn't), minim yellem (nothing), and gid yellem (never mind). All this for only $5.95!! (Maybe this is why Ethiopians never turn down an invitation, even if they can't come or can only come late.) — John Barnes
Lonely Planet Guide: Ethiopia, Eritrea & Djibouti by Frances Linzee Gordon [Lonely Planet Publications 2000]
      Borrow this book and review it for The Herald
Spectrum Guide to Ethiopia compiled and edited by Camerapix [Interlink Books, 2000]
Borrow this book and review it for The Herald
Books about the Peace Corps experience, the Peace Corps, etc.
Waiting for the Snow: The Peace Corps Papers of a Charter Volunteer by Thomas J. Scanlon (Chile 61-63), Posterity Press, 1997.
A Peace Corps memoir. [Donated by Marian Haley Beil.]
Stone Soup for the World: Life-Changing Stories of Kindness & Courageous Acts of Service edited by Marianne Larned, Conari Press, 1997. 436 pages. [Donated by Marian Haley Beil.]
Alternatives to the Peace Corps: A Directory of Third World & U.S. Volunteer Opportunities, Edited by Phil Lowenthal, Stephanie Tarnoff and Lisa David, Food First Books, 1996. 84 pages.
A resource for those of you who have an interest in volunteering overseas again. Has a pretty annoying section painting the Peace Corps as a major tool of U.S. foreign policy.
Starting and Running a Nonprofit Organization, by Joan M. Hummel (2nd edition), University of Minnesota Press, 1996. 154 pages.
The Bjorkland Legacy ( A Series .. ) Philanth at 25 This tome was a gift to every Peace Corps Volunteer and Staff in 1995 by the author, Betty Ladd Halliwell, Ph.D., Pribiloff Press, 1995.
Human Right Watch World Report 1995
Bjorklund's Daughter by Betty Ladd Halliwell, Ph.D., Pribiloff Press, 1995.
Mud Stoves & Strawberry Jam: A Peace Corps Experience by Sally Morrissey (Guatemala 83-85), The Royal Paul Press, 1994.
Guatemalian experiences, insights and appreciations.
Going Up Country: Travel Essays by Peace Corps Writers, Edited by John Coyne (Addis Ababa 62–64), with a Foreward by Senator Harris Wofford, Scribners, 1994; 305 pages [Donated by Marian Haley Beil.]
Human Right Watch World Report 1994
Human Rights Watch, 1994. Events of 1993. 389 pages.
Human Rights Watch, 1994. Events of 1994. Includes 5 1/2 page report on Ethiopia. 362 pages.
Heart of Lightness: Experiences of a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa by Anne Grimshaw Kempers, Peter E. Randall Publishers, (probably First Edition) ,1993
Anne was a PCV in Bukavu, Zaire (formerly Belgian Congo ) Also interesting reflections.
Can Do! (Said Sue): A Rich Life Helping the Poor by Sue Sadow. Beaumont Books (probably First Edition) 1992.
Sue's autobiography; A rich life involved in humanitarian service. Sue was a PCV in Sierra Leone. Part of this book is excerpted from the book of her experiences in Sierra Leone entitled Into Africa With the Peace Corps,
The Peace Corps in Cameroon by Justin Amin. Kent State University Press, 1992
The best part is the pics that are included ó with one of the now famous author, Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, in national dress and European dress acting as head librarian.
A Call To Economic Arms: Forging A New American Mandate by Paul Tsongas (Ghion 62-64), 1992. 86 pages. [Donated by Marian Haley Beil.]
The Funniest Job You'll Ever Love: An Anthology of Peace Corps Humor compiled by Beryl Brinkman (Afghanistan 67-69), illustrated by James Cloutier (Kenya 65-66). West Cascade Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, 1991, 101 pages. [Donated by Marian Haley Beil.]
What you can do for the Country: An Oral History of the Peace Corps by Karen Schwartz. Morrow Publishers, 1991. 16 pages of pics of Vols in country.
This book is a realistic look at the Peace Corps up to 1989. The author has no axe to grind, but does not sugar coat anything.
The Funniest Job You'll Ever Love: An Anthology of Peace Corps Humor compiled by James Cloutier (Kenya 65-66). West Cascade Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, 1990. 70 pages. [Donated by Marian Haley Beil.]
Making a Difference: The Peace Corps at Twenty-Five edited by Milton Viorst with a Foreword by President Ronald Regan, NY: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1986.
Ethiopia by Eric Torgersen (64-66), Hanging Loose Press, 1983. 49 pages. Poetry. [Donated by Marian Haley Beil.]
The Road From Here: Liberalism and Realities in the 1980's by Paul Tsongas (Ghion 62-64), Knopf, 1981.
Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers: Conversations between His Divine Grace, A. C. Bhaktivdanta Swami Prabhupada and Bob Cohen, a Peace Corps Worker in India, by Bob Cohen (India 71-72), NY: Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, 1977.
Pawpaw, Foofoo and Juju : Reflections of a Peace Corps Volunteer by Marvin H. Unger, Citadel Press (First Edition),
1968 Marvin was a PCV in Liberia from 1964-66. Of interest are his reflections about the power of a person in the guise of a PCV.
The Peace Corps: Kindlers of the Spark by Edna McGuire , Macmillan, 1966.
This is a good "first book" about the Peace Corps and readable from the middle school through adult. In retrospect, life was simple then.
The Peace Corps: A Pictorial History edited by Aaron J. Ezickson. Hill and Wang Publishers, 1965. Introduction by Sargent Shriver.
Given that the first Volunteers went out in 1961, this is a remarkable book of histories and pictures. Twenty-eight host countries are included: in Latin America — Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, British Honduras, Colombia; Asia — Cyprus, Turkey, Afghanistan, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia; and Africa — Morocco, Tunisia, Guinea, Ghana, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Tanzania, Togo. Each country is a 3 or 4 page spread.
The First Look At Strangers by Robert Bunker and John Adair. Rutgers University Press, 1959
This book predates the Peace Corps. Studies were conducted in 1949, '50, '51) Cornell University's seminar on working with other cultures. Students in this seminar spend a summer of training and sensitivity working with southwestern cultures in the US. Remarkable similarities to the Peace Corps experience and may be part of the impetus for its founding.
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