At the time she wrote Bread from the Sky, Marie McCarthy had just gone through a divorce and she needed a career change. So she decided to spend some time in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. The book is a true story of her travel experience in Togo, West Africa.
Gorillas in the Mist is Dian Fossey’s account of her 16 years studying and living among mountain gorillas in Rwanda and the Congo. She documents her experiences in first person, mixing self effacing anecdotes with a narrative filled with technical clarity, humor, fascinating insight, and a touching sympathy for wildlife. And while she does extensively cover the lives of several groups of gorillas, down to the minutest details, she also brings into focus the attitudes of the people that interact with these animals, and the effects of poaching in Africa’s early post colonial years.