I Have Iraq in My Shoe by Gretchen Berg
Misadventures of a Soldier of Fashion

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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!


About Gretchen Berg

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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.
Published May 1, 2012 by Sourcebooks. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Travel. Non-fiction

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There are a few funny stories and cultural observations (her discovery of virginity soap in the market), and her plan to repay her debt succeeded, but the shallow narrative could have used more pertinent observations about Iraq.

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Portland Book Review

I Have Iraq in My Shoe is the fun story of how Gretchen Berg taught Iraqis and Kurds how to speak English, paid off her debt, and didn’t accrue any more costs due to baggage rules.

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Chick Lit Central

"I have Iraq in My Shoe" by Gretchen Berg is one of the coolest memoirs I’ve read in a while.

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