J. Grigsby Crawford The Gringo: A Memoir

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The Gringo: A Memoir

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Within weeks of arriving as a volunteer in a remote corner of South America, Crawford got a lot more than he bargained for: a narrow escape from a kidnapping plot hatched by the people he was sent there to help. Then things only got stranger.

In his quest to find adventure, Crawford undertook a savage journey of danger, drugs, sex, and alarming illness. What resulted is The Gringo: one part literary tale of two lonely years in the Amazon jungle and one part gonzo-journalism account of life in the Peace Corps, an agency wandering aimlessly through the twenty-first century. Filled with sharp humor and eye-opening observations about the human condition, this is an unforgettable story that grabs the reader and doesn't let go.

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"[The Gringo is] always entertaining and at times moving. ... The point of the book, beyond Crawford's journey to understanding and acceptance, is that the real world is difficult, it must be endured, and that achievement comes with cost. These are valuable lessons. ... [I]t's his rugged honesty, the willingness to say things that perhaps he shouldn't, that makes this book complete, and something more than a young man's travelogue in uncomfortable surroundings. It makes it real, and worth reading."--Men's Journal

"Crawford joined the Peace Corps looking for experience and found it in spades. In appealing, clear-eyed prose, he recounts a series of adventures stretching from life threatening to slapstick, and a cast of characters too strange and flawed and hopeful to be anything but human. Often sardonic, occasionally romantic, and always vivid, The Gringo is a sobering record of this world's complexity--and, in its honesty, a heartening one too." 
--Josh Swiller, New York Times best-selling author of The Unheard, award-winning journalist

"Crawford is an outstanding and talented new writer. This is a must-read." 
--Chevy Chase

"It's the Moby-Dick of Peace Corps stories--like sitting in the back seat during a head-on collision. It's what I imagine Hunter S. Thompson would have written had he lived a life of service." 
--G. Brown, award-winning author, rock & roll journalist

"J. Grigsby Crawford doesn't pull any punches, whether they're aimed at himself or others, in his debut narrative nonfiction book. ... His harrowing journey and his gonzo reflections ... are a compelling study in human endurance in the face of government policies that often seem grotesquely amusing."--The Santa Fe New Mexican

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