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