Sunday, June 29, 2008

Books


For a good book list on Niger and the Peace Corps experience, check this out. From this list I (mom, here) have read Riding the Demon, and if you don't want to know just how scary African bush taxis can be, then you shouldn't read this book. (Author Peter Chilson has written other works rooted in his PC Niger past, and I think they are a little scary too.) Also sitting on my desk is the novel Still Waters in Niger, which was a New York Times Notable Book in 1999, and I am hoping that it will be good.
John and I both really liked Nine Hills to Nambonkaha by Sarah Erdman, and although it takes place in the Ivory Coast, not Niger, it was a very well-written representation of the Peace Corps experience in West Africa. A neighbor (thank you Peggy!) recently loaned us Monique and the Mango Rains by Kris Holloway, which is a wonderful chronicle of a very special relationship between a PCV and her mid-wife colleague, Monique, in Mali.

2 comments:

Om. said...

Hello thank you very much for all these list to go for Peace corps
Niger just got nominated the least green country read more on http://www.niger1.com

Anonymous said...

thanks kerry! dan and i just watched a loooooowwwwww budget film from netflix called Niger: magic and ecstacy in the sahel. it was mostly film of musicians and dancers - no narration or explanations with the exception of a "bori" divination. i wanted jessica watching it with me to explain things!
debbie