Cover for Americans Do Their Business Abroad: The Peace Corps Latrine Reader
Book Info:
Paperback: 192 pages
Published: December 2008
ISBN: 978-09822619030
Dimensions: 8 x 5
Available in print and as an ebook

Americans Do Their Business Abroad: The Peace Corps Latrine Reader

"This book is full of hilarious volunteer stories that are too outrageous to be made up. Be prepared to laugh out loud as you get a taste of the side of volunteer life that's entertaining but not for the weak of stomach. Every volunteer has experiences that are terrifying, gross or disturbing at the time but hilarious after the fact. This book is full of those stories."
- Katie Devine, Reader

About the Book

Herein reside seventeen stories (and one poem) written by Peace Corps Volunteers from across the generations and across the planet. Such writing often brings expectations for a certain type of book (heartwarming, uplifting, nice). Many books give you that experience. And we like those books. They are good books. The world needs those books. This is not that book. Americans Do Their Business Abroad is a collection of stories a little too goofy, a little too personal (and maybe a little too gross) to belong anywhere else. Latrines. Goat eyeballs. Pickpockets. Whimsy. Wisdom. And arson in the name of hygiene. Enjoy.

The Editors: Jake Fawson and Steve McNutte

Jake Fawson
Jake was born and raised in the southern Utah desert surrounded by a hoard of siblings and a few goats. He currently lives and drinks in New Orleans. As Peace Corps Volunteers (2000-2002), Jake and his wife Sarah managed the early development of an eco-tourism project in Gabon's Lope National Park.

Steve McNutt
Steve served in Gabon from 2000 to 2002. He received his M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa where he was a post-graduate fellow with the International Writing Program. Currently, he's pursuing a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture, also at Iowa. His work has appeared in Lost magazine, the Des Moines Register, the Morning News, the Columbia Review and on National Public Radio's Weekend America: Iowa Edition. One of his essays was a finalist for The Florida Review's 2006 Nonfiction Prize. The next time Jake Fawson contacts him with an idea for a "quick project" he vows to leave the country and leave no forwarding address.