Title: South of the Frontera A Peace Corps Memoir
Book Condition: New
Book Type: Paperback
Paperback. 316 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 6.0in. x 0.7in.2011 Recipient of Commendation from U. S. Congressman John Garmendi (Dem, CA) A welcome addition to my collection. Jimmy Carter, former U. S. President and author of A Remarkable Mother. A compelling story. Writers Digest. Humorous, well-told, highly entertaining. . . You are in for an adventure. Michael Schmicker, author of Land of Smiles. A dose of good medicine. Starley Talbott, authorof Lasso the World; a Western Writers Tales of Folks Around the Globe. A classic. Craig Carrozzi, author of The Road to El Dorado. Unique, interesting and a good dose of humor. Donna Strobridge Ianni, WordPress Amazon. com Peace Corps Memoir number one best seller for months. Following a job loss, a worn picture postcard ignites adventures South of the Frontera leading to the Peace Corps. This is a vivid description of Mexico and Central America between 1975 and 1977. From basking in the Sea of Cortes alongside a pelican to learning to dance in Honduras, an original voice rings true with youthful curiosity and down-home wit and insight. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781450218580
Synopsis: 2011 Recipient of Commendation from U.S. Congressman John Garmendi (Dem, CA)
"A welcome addition to my collection." Jimmy Carter, former U.S. President and author of A Remarkable Mother.
"A compelling story." Writer's Digest.
"Humorous, well-told, highly entertaining...You are in for an adventure." Michael Schmicker, author of Land of Smiles.
"A dose of good medicine." Starley Talbott, author of Lasso the World; a Western Writer's Tales of Folks Around the Globe.
"A classic." Craig Carrozzi, author of The Road to El Dorado.
"Unique, interesting and a good dose of humor." Donna Strobridge Ianni, WordPress
Amazon.com "Peace Corps Memoir" number one best seller for months. Following a job loss, a worn picture postcard ignites adventures South of the Frontera leading to the Peace Corps. This is a vivid description of Mexico and Central America between 1975 and 1977. From basking in the Sea of Cortes alongside a pelican to learning to dance in Honduras, an original voice rings true with youthful curiosity and down-home wit and insight.
From the Author:
EXCERPT FROM INTERVIEW WITH JOHN COYNE OF PEACE CORPS WRITERS
Why did you join the Peace Corps?
My first travel book, South of the Frontera , describes the crazy travels that led me to the Peace Corps. It started with losing a job. When our boss opened the birdcage at our local city planning department, my buddies and I formed our own company. It didn't pay that well nor did it take that much time, so we began to have adventures, most naturally. We went so far that the twang became a rolling rrrrrrr. Racing south, we rejoiced because we instinctively knew that premature middle age escaped us. Never having studied a foreign language, I was lost. My father had been a salesman and I had been taught to speak up, look 'em in the eye, and shake their hands. Soon, I had a paperback Spanish/English dictionary, a used tape recorder, and some used tapes. Within weeks, I was travelin' south of the frontera solo and learning Spanish. One of my buddies suggested the Peace Corps. I applied and within months, flew to Miami, Florida and on to Tegucigalpa, Honduras in 1975. I already spoke about 100 words in Spanish when I arrived and could get around just fine.
What do you hope to leave behind with your writing?
I leave the example itself -- I wrote. William Burroughs once said that there are two kinds of writers; those who write and those who talk about writing. The writers, he said, are like bullfighters while the talkers are more bullshitters. Bullfighting is more my line.
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