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The Ponds of Kalambayi: A Peace Corps Memoir


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Lovers of fine travel and adventure writing will savor Mike Tidwells richly acclaimed narrative of his days as a Peace Corps volunteer. His task was to help people in the remote corners of Zaire raise tilapia in ponds they would dig themselves, with muscle power alone. This book—with a new introduction by the author—is a masterful account of culture clash, generosity of spirit, and true grit. It is a must-read for anyone with aspirations to “change the world.”

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Originally published in 1990, Tidwell (author and documentary filmmaker) revisits his memoirs written in the 1980s while he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Zaire, now The Republic of Congo. His story of teaching villagers living in extreme poverty and disease how to fish, was a complex venture to a seemingly simple activity that was rooted in tradition and heritage as opposed to making profit. His updated introduction briefly describes his successful, but very different, life since that time as well as the upheavals and current climate in the area today. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


The hilarious and heart-wrenching memoir from a Peace Corps volunteer in Zaire—with a new introduction

About the Author

#LINK<>##LINK<>#Mike Tidwell is founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. He is also an author and documentary filmmaker whose books include Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast. He has been featured on NBCs Meet the Press and NPR, and in the New York Times and the Washington Post. 

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Tidwell, Mike
Lyons Press
Travel Writing-General
General Biography
TRAVEL / Africa
Sociology - General
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