Zuiker Chronicles Books
In September 2005, we published the first Zuiker Chronicles Book, a Peace Corps memoir by Joseph Zuiker. In Spring 2006, we expect to publish Francis Zuiker's memoir of Northern Wisconsin in the 1920s.
Step to Freedom: A Peace Corps Memoir of the Dominican Republic
In 1965, 24-year-old Joseph Zuiker joined the U.S. Peace Corps, which sent him to a small town in the Dominican Republic. Eager to make a difference in this poor country, he hurried to integrate himself into the community of Santiago de la Cruz. After overcoming his beginner's Spanish, dysentery and suspicion that he was a Yankee spy, he hit his stride and found a purpose to his service.
Step to Freedom is the tale of the two years Zuiker spent in the Crossroads. His tale of travails and triumphs is a story common to Peace Corps Volunteers, but also a unique chronicle of his determination to find and fulfill a missionâ€”to get a school built.
Written in 1968 and finally published in 2005, Step to Freedom is the product of a collaboration among three generations of Zuiker men: Joseph lived the experience; his father, Francis, chronicled it; and his eldest son, Anton, wrote the foreword and published the book.