In 2008, the recession hit everyone pretty hard. People had to make desperate decisions just to get by. But giving up a life in New York City filled with Valentino pumps, subscriptions to Vogue magazine, and access to Diet Coke just to move to Iraq? For a Fashionista, that’s just crazy talk, right?!
I Have Iraq in My Shoe: Misadventures of a Soldier of Fashion, a new memoir by a single, broke, fashion-conscious American woman who writes about her adventures in teaching English to conservative Muslim Iraqis.
When Gretchen Berg is offered the chance to move to “The Iraq” to teach English, she immediately declines. But after a tempting salary is thrown her way, she remembers her looming unemployment and amazing credit card debt of $39,000. The only thing stopping her now is the absurdly high costs of oversized luggage.
Gretchen discovers that in leaving New York behind, she might just find some new adventures, such as:
- Falling for a sexy Muslim student fifteen years younger, who may or may not be her soul mate
- Avoiding a suicide bomber while drinking vodka drinks by the paddling pool in her friends backyard
- Paying almost $5,000 in oversized luggage fees
- Becoming a role model for her students, a self-proclaimed “less annoying version of Hannah Montana,” a position that she has never found herself in before
Berg’s memoir promises to be fresh and intelligent, all while brutally recounting her year spent in a desert thousands of miles away from her New York City apartment.
This book s the latest addition to my “fashion book” library and I can’t wait to get five minutes to sit down and start reading it! It sounds incredibly interesting, don’t you think?!
The book retails for $14.99 but you can get it on Amazon.com for just $11.33 (Price on 6/5/2012). Get the Kindle edition of “I Have Iraq in My Shoe” for $9.99.
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are 100% my own.