I Have Iraq in My Shoe: Misadventures of a Soldier of Fashion

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Sourcebooks, Inc., May 1, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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"I am not moving to Iraq to teach."

How does a liberal American girl in red suede boots end up teaching English to conservative Muslim Iraqis in headscarves?

Gretchen Berg has met the recession: she has eaten cereal for dinner, given up the gym membership, and come face to face with looming unemployment. To cope, she decided to uproot her life and move to the Middle East. She expected to make some good money, pay off some bad debt, and take some photos of camels. She did not expect to feel at home. She did not expect to fall for a student. She did not expect Diet Coke withdrawal.

Irreverent, hilarious, and completely relevant, I Have Iraq in My Shoe takes a single, broke, fashion-conscious American female who prefers Project Runaway to CNN and tosses her into Iraq in exchange for cash and vacation time.

Watch the desert sand fly!


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Full of humor, this book definitely perked me up during finals week. While it's probably not rated very high on the scale of a travel guide, if you're a Sex in the City kind of girl who has a passion ... Read full review

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This was Ms. Berg's attempt at recycling an already done character from Sex in The City, but in a more whiney and "shut-in" kind of way. The whole time I was thinking to myself, "Is it really necessary to try and convince your reader that you are a faded carbon copy of a real celebrity???". The answer is no. I found it awkwardly hilarious that she goes into detail about be an middle aged Cat-Lady. I guess if that's your demographic hahaha. If you look at the details of the "story", the facts speak for themselves; she was given a good opportunity to make some good tax free money and get some valuable experience, which she then turns on the people who helped her and secretly kept notes which she would then exaggerate and lie about in order to write a bubble gum book and keep milking it. Well, when this book doesn't make the money she hopes, and people see her as just a weak, sub-par copy of real talent, I hope she has a plan "B" as I am sure her bosses in Iraq won't be giving her much of a reference hahaha. The absolute irony of the situation is that she can't lie and put someone else down as a reference, she already wrote a book about her real boss!!! In the end, weak, untalented, and pitiful - don't buy. 


Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Part 2
Chapter Seven
Chapter Twentythree
Chapter Twentyfour
Chapter Twentyfive
Chapter Twentysix
Chapter Twentyseven
Part 5
Chapter Twentyeight
Chapter Twentynine

Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Part 3
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty
Part 4
Chapter Twentyone
Chapter Twentytwo
Chapter Thirty
Chapter Thirtyone
Chapter Thirtytwo
Chapter Thirtythree
Chapter Thirtyfour
Chapter Thirtyfive
Part 6
Chapter Thirtysix
Chapter Thirtyseven
Chapter Thirtyeight
Chapter Thirtynine
Chapter Forty

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About the author (2012)

Gretchen is an award-wanting writer with a bachelor's degree in something completely unrelated to writing. She has read articles for Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Allure, The New Yorker, Newsweek, and The Economist (once when the TV wasn't working). She is a Cancer, with Scorpio rising, who was born and raised. She wishes people dressed up more.

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