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In the Belly of the Elephant
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Everybody needs to run away from home at least once. Susan Corbett told people she was out to save the world but really she was runningĖrunning from her home as much as to anywhere. Like many women, she was searching for meaning to her life and for a good man to share it with. In Africa, she hoped to find both.

Compelling and compassionate, In the Belly of the Elephant is Susanís transformative story of what happens when you decide to try to achieve world peace while searching for a good man. More than a fish-out-of-water story, itís a surprising and heart-rending account of her time in Africa as she battles heat, sandstorms, drought, riots, intestinal bugs, burn-out, love affairs and more than one meeting with death. Against a backdrop of vivid beauty and culture, in a narrative interwoven with a rich tapestry of African myths and fables, Susan learns the true simplicity of life and discovers people full of kindness, wisdom and resiliency, and shares with us lessons we, too, can learn from her experiences.
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Susan Corbett
A writer, community organizer, and consultant in program management, micro-enterprise development, family planning, and HIV/AIDS education, Susan Corbett began her community development career in 1976 as a Peace Corps Volunteer, working in a health clinic in Liberia, West Africa. In 1979, she joined Save the Children Federation as a program coordinator for cooperative and small business projects in Burkina Faso. In 1982, Susan returned to the States where she has worked with local non-profits in drug and alcohol prevention for runaway youth, family planning, homelessness prevention, and immigrant issues.

Susan has traveled to over 40 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Caribbean, and Central and North America and has lived and worked in ten African countries over the past thirty years (Uganda, Tanzania, Mali, The Gambia, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Mauritius, Tunisia, Nigeria, and Liberia). She lives in Colorado with her husband, Steve, her sons, Mitch & Sam, and her dog, Molly.


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