I Have Iraq In My Shoe by Gretchen Berg
I Have Iraq In My Shoe follows Gretchen Berg (author) as she gets hit head on by the recession. We watch as she hilariously goes about what used to be her life (gym membership, shopping addictions, Diet Coke lover) as she comes face to face with unemployment. What will she do? Well, what she decides will completely take you by surprise (and I know it took her by surprise as well). Gretchen decides to uproot her life as she knows it as she moves to the Middle East to teach English to conservative Muslin Iraqis. She expects to make a little money to pay off some debt back in the states, but she most definitely doesn’t expect to ever come to enjoy her new life in the desert. But, surprisingly, in the end she ends up loving it.
I am usually not a fan of memoir type books- I find that they either appeal to me completely, or not at all, and typically, they are in the later category. But, for some reason, this book really resonated with me. I absolutely loved how Gretchen found herself in uncharted territory and found herself in love and finally at home. This book is absolutely hilarious and I loved all of the fashion references and the mentioning of all of the things that she deeply missed from back home. Overall, a fantastic read and a really fun time! I would highly recommend this book to pretty much any woman who is in need of a good laugh and a heartfelt book.