This is one of the most important decisions of your life (for some of us anyway), so why not be 100% prepared for it? Lucky for you, there are many Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who have survived the Peace Corps life and lived to write a story about it just for your sake. There are tons of Peace Corps books out there, so which ones should you choose? The best practice is to read as many different perspectives as possible, which is why all the books below are not all focused on one specific countries of service. Based on a 4-star or higher review, these are some of the most popular Peace Corps Books on Amazon right now! Visit each link to learn more or share your favorite Peace Corps books!
1.River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler
2.The Insider’s Guide to the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go by Dillon Banerjee
3.Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle by Moritz Thomsen
4.The Peace Corps Volunteer’s Handbook: A Personal Field Guide to Making the Most of Your Peace Corps Experience by Travis Hellstrom
5.It Depends: A Guide to Peace Corps by Kelly Branyik
6.Service Disrupted: My Peace Corps Story by Tyler E. Lloyd
7.Even the Smallest Crab Has Teeth: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories: Volume Four: Asia and the Pacific (Peace Corps at 50) by Jane Albritton
8.When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years by Stanley Meisler
9.A Couple in the Corps: A Peace Corps Journey From A Couple’s Perspective by Eric Starr
10.Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years With a Midwife in Mali by Kris Holloway
11.At Home on the Kazakh Steppe: A Peace Corps Memoir by Janet Givens
12.Ponds of Kalambayi: A Peace Corps Memoir by Mike Tidwell
13.A Land Without Time: A Peace Corps Volunteer in Afghanistan by John Sumser
Kelly Branyik is a writer, blogger, and author based out of Colorado. She is the founder of Travel Branyik and manages her adventures online full-time. She is the author of Peace Corps book, "It Depends: A Guide to Peace Corps," which was created after her two-year tour with Peace Corps China. Learn more about Kelly in her about section of her website!