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Book Club & RPCV Getogether

2/18/14 Tue (7:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
Platano Restaurant
2042 University Ave., Berkeley
Contact:Jayma Brown (jaymaghana@earthlink.net)


Join us for a Salvadorian dinner as we discuss The Gringo written by J. Grigsby Crawford. Platano's is vegan and gluten free friendly (and the last time we were there had good service). Here is there website: http://www.cafeplatano.com/aboutUs.html

The Gringo is about Grigsby's Peace Corps experience in Ecuador. Here is a description of the book from Amazon: "Within weeks of arriving as a volunteer in a remote corner of South America, Crawford got a lot more than he bargained for: a narrow escape from a kidnapping plot hatched by the people he was sent there to help. Then things only got stranger.

In his quest to find adventure, Crawford undertook a savage journey of danger, drugs, sex, and alarming illness. What resulted is The Gringo: one part literary tale of two lonely years in the Amazon jungle and one part gonzo-journalism account of life in the Peace Corps, an agency wandering aimlessly through the twenty-first century. Filled with sharp humor and eye-opening observations about the human condition, this is an unforgettable story that grabs the reader and doesn't let go."

As usual, come to discuss the book, have a nice meal, socialize with other RPCVs. Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP to Jayma at jaymaghana@earthlink.net. Platano is close to the downtown Berkeley BART station.