At Home on the Kazakh Steppe : A Peace Corps Memoir
Just when her life felt right: new home, new career, new grandchildren, and great dog, Janet Givens leaves it all behind and, with her new husband, joins the Peace Corps. Assigned to Kazakhstan, a Central Asian country finding its own way after generations under Soviet rule, she too must find a way to be in a world different from what she knew and expected. Will it be worth it?
- Paperback | 264 pages
- 152 x 229 x 14mm | 372g
- 03 Apr 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Illustrations, black and white
About Janet Givens
Janet Givens was born in northern New Jersey at the beginning of the baby boomer generation. She has both a BS (NYU) and an MA (Kent State, OH) in sociology and worked in non-profit development for 25 years. In 1999, she began her next career as a Gestalt psychotherapist, which ended in 2004 when she began her Peace Corps journey. At Home On the Kazakh Steppe: A Peace Corps Memoir (Ant Press, Publisher) was first published in August 2014 (Ant Press), with a second edition published in March 2015 (Birch Tree Books). Her first book, Stuttering (Pro-Ed, Publisher), co-authored with C. W. Starkweather, was included in Choice Magazine's "Best Textbooks of 1997." She shares her life with Woody Starkweather in the Green Mountains of Vermont, USA. When she is not writing, she sings tenor in the local hospice choir, digs in the soil somewhere on her 30 acres, edits her husband's latest novel, and enjoys being Grandma Janet to five. She also retreats to their rental property on Chincoteague Island, Virginia twice a year. She welcomes reader feedback on her blog (www.janetgivens.com) and her Facebook Author Page (Janet_Givens_Author). You can "Follow" her on Twitter (GivensJanet) and Facebook (givensj48). Oh yes; she is her dog Sasha's favorite human.