Books by Arkadaşlar Members
Art: Because we have so many artists and authors among us,
we're separating the Art category and putting it on a separate page.
We hope to add our professional photographers to the mix very soon.
Alisbah, Tara (FOT)
Hands: Gesturing Your Way Home; a Hand Guide to Turkey In
addition to photographs
of the gestures that you will see wherever you look
in Turkey, Alisbah includes Turkish expressions that usually accompany the
gesture, an English translation, and brief explanations about where and when
you are most likely to encounter each gesture.
Body language in Turkey has very specific meanings, which are essential to
understanding Turkish character and culture. Using physical gestures to
express oneself in a new language is also the quickest way to removing
imagined barriers to communication, both for visitors and locals. Although
not an exhaustive list (a book two is in the works), this light and very
packable 80-page text includes many of the most useful and common gestures
so that you will know, for example, when someone is trying to warn you
to beware of pick-pockets or offering you something to drink or simply
$15.99 and an Ebook version for $5.99. For copies, please visit:
Lowry, Heath W. (T-5)
An Ongoing Affair--Turkey and I
This new book by Rural Community Development volunteer
should bring back lots of memories of village life in the mid-1960's.
It describes Heath's two-year stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the village of Bereketli in Balikesir
province. Lowry presents a series of candid vignettes of highlights and
tragedies of his time in Bereketli, a village he comes to love.
The book is available through
which is the US distributor for Citlembik Publications in Istanbul.
Printed in: English
| 1st edition: August 2008 | ISBN: 9789944424530 |
McCarthy, Kevin (T-2)
Antioch on the Orontes: An Illustrated History
It is 280
printed pages with a photo on almost every page. It is available from
amazon.com for just $15.95.
Nadolski, Dora Glidewell (T-1)
The Etatist Turkish
Republic and Its Political and Socio-Economic Performance from 1980-1999:
A Developing State Impacted by International Organizations and
This book explores the impact of exogenous forces on the political and
socio-economic institutions prior to, during, and after etatism (state
controlled enterprises) in the parliamentary Republic of Turkey. After
1980, Turkey has continued to concentrate on political, economic, and
social reforms recommended by the OECD, the World Bank, and the EU.
The major conclusions are: that
interdependence and pluralism explain Turkey's status in the global
system of competitive states; that joining international organizations
has improved Turkey's institutions; and that Turkey's political
institutions comply with World Bank criteria for effective government.
The prepublication orders can be placed by calling 1-800-462-6420, and
use the promotion code UPREPUB,
http://www.univpress.com/ISBN/9780761839736. Cost is $25.
Olson, Julie (T-5)
To Make a Difference: A Peace Corps Memoir - Turkey 1964-66.
Julie's stories of friendship, hospitality, and human nature from her
handwritten journals of her time as a PCV in Turkey. Available on
Olson, Robert (T-2)
Blood, Beliefs and Ballots about the management of Kurdish Nationalism in
This book analyzes and describes the instruments used by the
Turkish state to manage Kurdish nationalism during 2007 to 2009 and the
response of Kurds and the PKK and DTP to this state management.
The book was published in Sept. 2009. Available on
Pfunder, Malcolm (T-9)
in the Meadows
From Malcolm (Sandy) Pfunder:
Many of you will recall from a couple of years ago our extended swapping
of tales from our Peace Corps experiences in Turkey. A number of people
urged me to take my recollections from that time and put them together
into a book. I've done that, and Çitlembik
Publications in Istanbul has just released it. I'd like to tell you that
your local Borders or Barnes & Noble, or even Amazon.com, carries it, but
they don't yet (we're working on that). For now, however, it's available
at a price of $9.00 per copy (plus $3.00 postage). The book is called
"Village in the Meadows," which is the translation of the name of the
village where Allen Neill Schauffler and I lived from 1965 to 1967. The
book also describes my impressions from re-visiting my village in 1975,
1999, 2002 and 2004 and has 32 of my photographs from the mid-1960's and
my later return visits.
Turkey RPCVs and others.
The book collecting stories from Eurasia Volunteers from the past 50 years
has just been
Turkey is well represented among the stories.
A Small Key Opens Big Doors is a collection of 50 years of
stories of the Peace Corps in Eastern Europe and
Central Asia, regions with the distinction of having both the
oldest and youngest programs in Peace Corps history. Blocked by the Iron
Curtain, the first programs sent Volunteers to the front of the Cold War,
to countries like
Iran. With the fall of the Soviet Union 30 years later,
Volunteers began serving in lands once ruled by Genghis Khan and Joseph
Stalin, living in yurts in
Mongolia and khrushchyovkas in
Ukraine. In these places, Volunteers learned that no matter how
the winds of international politics blew, they and those they served were
not so different after all. The people – once considered
enemies – all love,
laugh, and cry the same as we do. Saying “I was there” is a testament to
resilience, frustration and – ultimately – understanding.
This stirring collection of stories – third in
a series of four – allows readers to feel the extraordinary power of
America’s grassroots peace offering.
stories written by our Turkey volunteers are:
Part I: One our Way … and Back Again
Peace Corps Expectations” by Diana J. LaViolette, (T-17)
“After Thirty-Seven Years” by Barbara Bryan (T-13)
Turkey” by Richard Schwartz (T-08, deceased)
Part II: Why are We Here?
“The Motherland” by James McHenry (T-13)
“My Picture on a Plate” by George T. Park (T-01)
Part III: Getting Through the Days
“Visit to Karkamish” by Sandra Lee Anderson (T-13)
“The Eastern Regional” by Jordan M. Scepanski (T-04)
“Trip to Akjakent” by Maranee Sanders (T-03)
Turkey” by Joan Hammer Grant (T-01)
“Homecoming” by Susan Fleming Holm (T-13)
Part IV: Close Encounters
“Cowards Die a Thousand Deaths” by Peggy Hanson (T-01)
“A Camel’s Revenge” by Bonnie Landes Pura (T-05)
Part V: Sustainable Peace
“The Power of Tradition – The Peril of Exclusion” by Martin B. Tracy
Stories are also from:
Book available at
Taylor, Gordon (T-8)
Fever and Thirst: Dr. Grant
and the Christian Tribes of Kurdistan
The first Americans in the
Middle East were teachers, printers, and missionaries, and one was a
country doctor from upstate New York. In June 1835 Asahel Grant, M.D.,
sailed from Boston with his bride Judith to heal the sick and save the
world. Their destination: the town of Urmia, in northwest Iran. Their
intended flock: the Nestorian Christians who lived there and in the
mountains of Hakkari, across the border in Turkish Kurdistan.
Into the next eight years Grant packed ten lifetimes’
worth of danger, traversing deserts and glaciers, tending the sick,
breaking bread with thieves and murderers, and narrowly escaping death
from drowning, disease, and assassination. By 1840 he had lost Judith and
two daughters to disease; yet by the time he died, at age 36, everyone in
the mountains knew his name, and thirty years later Muslims, Christians,
and Jews still spoke of "Hakim Grant" with reverence.
Grant was a walking contradiction: a saint who
neglected his children; a missionary who "converted" only Christians; a
doctor who poisoned himself with his own medicine; an apolitical man whose
very existence bristled with political import. In 1841, amid this
whirlwind life, he became a successful author with his book The
Nestorians; or, The Lost Tribes. Grant is buried in Mosul, Iraq, where
he died in 1844. Available from
Brosnahan, Tom (T-15)
Turkey: Bright Sun, Strong Tea
(ISBN 0-9767531-0-3, 304 pages,
humorous travel memoir, tells how Tom got involved with Turkey in the
first place (as a
US Peace Corps Volunteer in the 1960s), how he became a travel writer, and
what it's like to be one (best
job in the world?) It's not just personal adventures. Tom wrote it
to include a lot of background
information on Turkey and the Turks so that it would be
good airplane and end-of-the-day reading
for anyone going to, or traveling in Turkey. It also makes a
good gift for anyone taking a
trip to Turkey. Can be purchased from your local bookstore,
Review by Sandy Pfunder
Lonely Planet Istanbul (2nd Ed)
Paperback - 192 pages (April 1999)
List Price: $14.95
Lonely Planet Turkey: A Lonely Planet Travel
Survival Kit; (with Pat Yale)
Lonely Planet Turkey : A Lonely Planet Travel
Atlas (ATLAS); Tom Brosnahan (Editor) Available from
Tom also runs Turkey Travel Planner, More details on the
Art and Services page.
Holm, Susan McHenry (T-13)
Susan has a piece published in The Expat Harem. See more
information about Susan and her contribution to the book at:
Available for purchase on
Magnarella, Paul J (T-2)
(A selection of Magnarella's many works. For more listings and to
order, go to
Anatolia's Loom: Studies in Turkish Culture, Society, Politics, and Law (Istanbul: Isis Press, 1998). Includes archeological
research articles: "The People of Turkey's Eastern Black Sea Region" and
"The Hemshin of
Turkey: Yayla, a Pasture above the Clouds." The Hemshin are Muslim
Armenians living in several Black Sea region villages.
Bir Koyun Seruveni.
Arasında Gelenek, Goç, ve Değişim. (A
Village's Adventure: Tradition, Migration and Change among Georgians in
Turkey, in Turkish). Istanbul: Sinatle Press, 1997.
Human Materialism: A Model of Sociocultural Systems and a Strategy
for Analysis. University Press of Florida, 1993. (Contains
chapters on Turkey)
The Peasant Venture: Tradition Migration and Change among Georgian
Peasants in Turkey. Boston: G.K. Hall/ Cambridge: Schenkman, 1979.
Tradition and Change
in a Turkish Town. Cambridge: Schenkman/N.Y.: John Wiley,
1974 (revised ed. Schenkman, 1981).
The Middle East and North Africa: Governance, Democratization, and
Human Rights. A volume in the "Third World in Contemporary Perspectives
Series." England: Ashgate Publishing, 1999. (Contains a chapter on
McCarthy, Justin (T-15)
Death and Exile The Ethnic Cleansing of Ottoman Muslims 1821 - 1922
Recounts the fate of millions of
Muslims who were driven from the Balkan lands, the Middle East, southern
Russia, and the Caucasus in the context of the imperialism, nationalism,
and ethnic conflicts of the times. Accounts of the expansion of the
Russian Empire and the creation of new nations in the Balkans have
traditionally been told from the standpoint of the nations that were
carved from the Ottoman Empire.
Death and Exile tells those stories from the standpoint of
the Turks and other Muslims who were caught up. Professor McCarthy’s
book also presents an important framework for understanding today’s
disputes over what happened to Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during
World War I. Originally
published in 1995, Death and Exile
is in its fifth printing. It’s available through
Amazon.. See also:
The Turk in America The Creation of an
Historian Justin McCarthy seeks to explain the
historical basis for American prejudice towards Turks in the nineteenth
and early twentieth centuries. The volume focuses on fraudulent
characterizations of Turks, mostly stemming from an antipathy in Europe
and America toward non-Christians, and especially Muslims. Spanning one
hundred and fifty years, this history explores the misinformation
largely responsible for the negative stereotypes of Turks during this
period. Available from the
Univ. of Utah Press or from
Peirce, Leslie (T-4)
The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the
Ottoman Empire. It's about how women of the
Ottoman household (concubines and others) wielded a lot of power.
Morality Tales: Law and Gender in the Ottoman Court of Aintab. Life in 16th century Ainab (Gaziantep).
Wilson, Angene & Jack
Voices from the Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers
published by the University of Kentucky Press, 2011? Book is based
on oral history interviews with 84 Kentucky RPCVs. It includes stories
from three Turkey RPCVs.
Martin Tracy (T-8)
and his wife,
Finn, Robert P (T-15)
Building State and
Security in Afghanistan.
Published 2007 by
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Published 2007 by Woodrow Wilson School of Public
and International Affairs, Paperback, 305 Pages,
ISBN-10: 097735444X, List Price $24.95.
Karey, Gerald (T-8)
Unhinged: Reflections, Opinions, Humor, Reminiscences, an
Occasional Rant, Reportage-A Random Chronicle of Our Times
its metamorphosis from blog to book, this essay collection by former
journalist Gerald Karey is something to savor. Reporting, ruminating, and
sometimes ranting with insight and wit, Karey covers Colonial America and
1950s Brooklyn, the sins of the oil industry and getting older, the Civil
War and World War II. The book is titled Unhinged, but the author has it
very much together. He even includes an
essay about Turkey-8's departure from the US and arrival in Istanbul,
Available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Kouzes, Jim (T-15)
How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It (J-B Leadership
by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
(San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011)
Building on their research from The Leadership Challenge,
James Kouzes and Barry Posner explore in Credibility why leadership is
above all a relationship, with credibility as the cornerstone, and why
leaders must "Say what you mean and mean what you say." This first full
revision of the book since its initial publication in 1993 features new
case studies from around the world, fully updated data and research, and
a streamlined format.
is available from
Amazon.com or direct from the publisher.
You can learn more about it by visiting Jim
and Barry's website,
The Leadership Challenge, Fourth Edition by James
M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner (2007)
For more than 25 years, The Leadership Challenge has
been the most trusted source on becoming a better leader, selling more
than 2 million copies in over 20 languages since its first publication.
Based on Kouzes and Posner's extensive research, this all-new edition
casts their enduring work in context for today's world, proving how
leadership is a relationship that must be nurtured, and most
importantly, that it can be learned.
Available in hardcover and paperback on
Amazon.com or direct from the
publisher. You can learn more about it
by visiting Jim and Barry's website,
A Leader's Legacy The Leadership Challenge, Fourth
Edition by Kouzes and Posner
Exploration of the question of leadership and legacy. Authors
examine critical questions all leaders must ask themselves in order to leave
a lasting impact. Available
amazon.com or direct from the publisher.
You can learn more about it by visiting Jim
and Barry's website,
LeBaron, Elinor (T-15)
Practical Tips for Walking "The Way," The Camino de Santiago de
Compostela, Amazon Kindle (e-book only)
Practical tips for making the 500-mile pilgrimage walk across northern
Spain. The book includes advice on what to take, lodging, and food. Included
are more than 130 color photos from the pilgrim's trail. The photos show the
types of lodging, signs and maps, packs, trekking poles, terrain along the
way, cathedrals, points of interest, and more. It is the book you should
read BEFORE you go.
China! Practical Tips for Traveling the Silk Road
Amazon Kindle (e-book only)
Practical tips for exploring the Silk Road in China, the ancient network of
routes used by traders and travelers for centuries. Practical advice on preparing for your trip to China, traveling inside China,
lodging, dining, shopping, health, and points of interest on the Silk Road.
Over 100 color photos and maps. This is the book you should read BEFORE you
go -- even if you aren't planning to see the Silk Road during your trip to
Cambodia: Practical Tips for the Traveler. Amazon Kindle (e-book
Practical tips for travelers exploring Cambodia, from Phnom Penh to the
ancient temples of Angkor, a floating village, Buddhist temples, the Royal
Palace complex and much more. Nearly 100 color photos and maps. Included,
too, are useful notes on the culture and interesting things to see on your
journey. This book gives you great advice on preparing for your trip to
Cambodia, traveling inside Cambodia, lodging, dining, shopping, health, and
points of interest. This is the book you should read BEFORE you go!
Other LeBaron e-books available from Amazon Kindle:
Lanka: Practical Tips for Travelers
Practical Tips for Travelers
Via Francigena: Practical
Tips for Walking the "Italian Camino"
Dubai and the United Arab
Emirates: Practical Tips for Travelers
Magnarella, Paul J (T-2)
Justice in Africa: Rwanda’s Genocide, Its Courts, and the UN Criminal
Tribunal. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Press, 2000. (Recipient of
the Association of Third World Studies ‘Book of the Year 2000’ Award;
also nominated for the Raphael Lemkin book award). The book describes
the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) - the
first international court created to try persons for genocide and violation
the humanitarian law of non-international armed conflict. Available from
Mae Alice (T-2)
Ethics: Notes from Paynesville, Liberia [paperback] The book
presents the fundamentals of Christian ethics from a contemporary cultural
perspective. The author looks at what is happening in present-day Liberia
and discusses how Christian ethics apply while placing strong emphasis on
the authority of the Scriptures.
Schliff, Henry and Michal
Meet Me at the Orange Blossom A cookbook
by the proprietors of the
Orange Blossom Bakery in
Buxton, on Hatteras Island, North Carolina.
For copies of the cookbook, write to P.O. Box 250, Buxton, NC 27920 or order
Twice the Joy
by Henry Schliff
(Paperback - May 2008)
Simple, Delicious Recipes for Healthful Living
This book--in Turkish--is
the author’s revised and extended memoirs inspired by his earlier book
(Dreaming America)” published in Turkey in 2004.
Available on Amazon
Raindrops on My Life's Umbrella: A University Professor's World Memoirs
tells of the raindrops on his life's umbrella - some warm and soothing, some
cold and stinging, with impressive detail. His views on politics and
history of widely diverse places are interspersed throughout his memoirs.
has profound respect for Atatürk. —R. Denda (Peace Corps T-13)
Available on Amazon.
Woman: Prudence Crandall and the Education of Black Women
Prudence Crandall opened the first private boarding school for black
girls in New England. The village vigilantes resorted to violence and
forced the school to close in 1834, whereupon Crandall "took to the
prairie"--a dramatic story of one woman's incredible courage.
alibris.com and from Amazon.
Robert (T-15), translator
Orpheus by Nazli Eray. Robert Finn's translation of
Turkish author Nazli Eray's Orphée makes
available to the English-language reader a rewriting of the myth from the
perspective of Eurydice, the wife of Orpheus. Eray's surrealistic version
takes place in a hot resort town in contemporary Turkey. The setting of an
archaeological dig gives a connection to the past and literally to the
underworld. Found in the dig is a statue of the Roman emperor Hadrian, who
proceeds to offer an unusual perspective on modern life and values through
mysterious letters carried by a messenger pigeon. Eray also comments on
modernity, as the city of Ankara emerges as a character in the novel's
fantasy. Set in junta-ruled Turkey of the 1980s, the novel takes its place
as a crucial slice of Turkish literary history.
ISBN: 978-0-292-71409-0, Available through
Gall, Allan (T-1)
Mouse and Magic. This book
to be read to children as young as five and to be read by young
readers of whatever age. The book is a classic yarn about life: birth
and death, growing up, forging friendships and partnerships, developing
judgment and tolerance, learning to love and to be loved. Adult readers,
hopefully, will smile as they recognize their dog, their cat, their
children, themselves, and recall events that have shaped them. Available
You can listen to an interview on
Hanson, Peggy (T-1)
Deadline Istanbul (The
Elizabeth Darcy Series)
Elizabeth Darcy is in the world's most
intriguing city to cover for old friend and fellow correspondent Peter
Franklin, found dead in the Bosphorus. She's convinced it wasn’t an
accident. But uncovering secrets can be a dangerous business. Are spies
involved? Criminals? Where does religion become politics, and vice
versa? And who are those men following her.
This mystery set in
Istanbul and contains descriptions that will bring back many memories to
Arkadaslar members. Available in paperback or e-book format from
Deadline Yemen (The Elizabeth Darcy
Series) Called to Yemen to help her old friend Halima,
correspondent Elizabeth Darcy combines work with the chance to repay an
old debt. But the narrow, mysterious streets are populated with armed
men and veiled women; who can tell friend from foe? Her first priority
is to help Halima's young brother Ali, who has become involved with
religious extremists. But murder dogs her footsteps, and she is under
This second book in the Elizabeth Darcy series of mysteriesis set
in Yemen. Available from
Haruf, Kent (T-8)
For a complete listing of Kent Haruf's books, go to
Our Souls at Night
Haruf's final novel, published posthumously. See the
Washington Post review:
Haruf's latest novel (2013)
is a story of life and death, and the ties that bind,
once again set out on the High
Plains in Holt, Colorado.
The story of the McPheron
brothers and life in a small prairie town of Holt, Colorado. Holt
is both the setting for and the psychological matrix of Haruf's
beautifully executed novel. Available from
Eventide. The author of
Plainsong is back with Eventide, picking up the story of the McPheron
The aging McPheron brothers are learning to live without
Victoria Roubideaux, the single mother they took in and who has now left
their ranch to start college. A lonely young boy stoically cares for his
grandfather while a disabled couple tries to protect their a violent
relative. As these lives unfold and intersect, Eventide
unveils the immemorial truths about human beings: their fragility and
resilience, their selfishness and goodness, and their ability to find
family in one another.
The Tie That Binds.
Kent Haruf's critically acclaimed first novel. "Eighty-year-old
Edith Goodnough lies in a hospital bed, IV taped to the back of her
hand, police officer at her door. She is charged with murder. The clues:
a sack of chicken feed slit with a knife, a milky-eyed dog tied outdoors
one cold afternoon. The motives: the brutal business of farming and a
family code of ethics as unforgiving as the winter prairie itself. Check out the rave reviews
of this and of Haruf's other novels on
Where Once You Belonged "Deftly plotted, defiantly honest,
Where You Once Belonged sings the song of a wounded prairie
community in a narrative with the earmarks of a modern American
classic." Also available on
Olin, John (T-15)
Babaru of the South Seas
by anthropologist George Beal, fifteen-year old red-head Davy Match of
Baltimore travels alone to the island of Melanu in the South Pacific in
search of the endangered leatherback sea turtle and the Mota people who
protect it. He joins a local boy, Abraham Iringikeri. They canoe their
dugout over clear lagoons, walk through noisy rainforest, and ride the
tail of a typhoon past a taboo headland. Their journey brings them face
to face with giant turtles, crocodiles, a wild man, and a sorcerer, and
much more unusual and strange. This is the first of the three Adventures
of Davy Match, followed by 'The Chocolate Dam' and 'Red Sky
The Chocolate Dam
In the second adventure of Davy Match, Davy, now sixteen is
invited by Professor Beal to join an archeological dig in Anatolia. The
professor gets into a jam with a rare letter on archeology he’s
“borrowed” from the British Museum, and Davy is sent off to Kurdistan to
lay low, with this letter— written by the hand of Benjamin Franklin. On
a mountaintop, by the enormous head of an ancient God-King, he meets Gül,
a mysterious Kurdish girl, who instructs him to go to the town of
Hasankeyf on the River Tigris, a town doomed to be flooded by the
construction of a hydro dam. Gül challenges him to help her find the
grave of her missing brother, a Kurdish fighter.
conclusion of the trilogy, Professor Beal sends Davy, now a high school
senior, to East Africa to find a small tribe of mountain people, the
Te’uk, whom he had contacted and studied as a young man. Davy is caught
up in the fate of a boy his age, Lokole, who has suffered deep trauma.
Davy and Lokole travel through the fictional country of Burando,
witnesses to genocide, arms trading, and the smuggling of blood minerals
Olin's trilogy of young adult novels is available from
the online bookstore:
www.thebookpatch.com. Search for them by author or in the
fiction/ literature, or teen and tween categories.
Omang, Joanne (T-4)
Incident at Akabal
This novel explores the reasons some people turn to violence in
rebellion against a government, the reasons others turn to violence in
defense of that government, and the reasons still others get caught in
the middle. Set in Guatemala of the 1980s (where the author was a
foreign correspondent for The Washington Post), its protagonist is the
poor mountain village of Akabal and its mayor, its priest and its
indigenous families, whose lives hang in the balance.
1992, 320 pages ISBN 0-395-58840-5.
used or new
from Amazon.com, alibris.com or the author: 3016 Tilden St. NW, Washington
Rosenberg, Robet (Friend of
This is Not Civilization. The novel takes place largely in
Istanbul just prior to the 1999 earthquake and is possibly the first
major work of fiction in the U.S. to explore that devastating tragedy.
Taylor, Gordon (T-8)
Place of the Dawn. Novel in which main
character is a former Turkey volunteer who has stayed on, living in
Istanbul. Published in 1975, it is out of print but is available from 25
different used-book sellers via the "alibris" web site.
Turner, Tom (T-9)
Petals. A young San
Francisco reporter and his graphic-designer girlfriend investigate a
suspicious murders and then become targets themselves. Available from
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