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The Ponds of Kalambayi: A Peace Corps Memoir

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Lovers of fine travel and adventure writing will savor Mike Tidwell's richly acclaimed narrative of his days as a Peace Corps volunteer. His task was to help people in the remote corners of Zaire raise tilapia in ponds they would dig themselves, with muscle power alone. This book—with a new introduction by the author—is a masterful account of culture clash, generosity of spirit, and true grit. It is a must-read for anyone with aspirations to "change the world."

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Overview

Lovers of fine travel and adventure writing will savor Mike Tidwell's richly acclaimed narrative of his days as a Peace Corps volunteer. His task was to help people in the remote corners of Zaire raise tilapia in ponds they would dig themselves, with muscle power alone. This book—with a new introduction by the author—is a masterful account of culture clash, generosity of spirit, and true grit. It is a must-read for anyone with aspirations to "change the world."

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“A meticulous and affecting memoir…” –The Washington Post “Deeply moving.” –Kirkus Reviews “A riveting story…” –Publishers Weekly “A true masterwork…” –R. Sargent Shriver “Written with humor and anger, despair and awe…This is an important book.” –Moritz Thomsen, author of The Farm on the River of Emeralds
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762773664
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/18/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 365,006
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Tidwell is founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. He is also an author and documentary filmmaker whose books include Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast. He has been featured on NBC's Meet the Press and NPR, and in the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    The real stuff on being in Peace Corps!

    Tidwell takes the reader on his journey of Peace Corps training, service and departure with tales of challenges, challenges and more challenges. The descriptions of the people and his admiration and friendships with them will move the reader. Most of his story is set in the heart of Africa amid poverty and disease yet he brings hope through his tale. Recommended for those who have taken or who desire to take the road less traveled.

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