By Gretchen Berg
It is the undying, vintage story: girl-meets-recession, recession-forces-girl-to-go-to-Iraq. i've got Iraq in My Shoe follows the writer out of her convenience quarter and into the center East. Taking the wit of Jen Lancaster and the joys of Sophie Kinsella and relocating it to the wasteland, this can be the tale of a unmarried, fashion-obsessed American girl who reveals herself metaphorically strapping on a Kevlar caftan to paintings in Iraq for a yr. Irreverent and hilarious, saucy and shrewdpermanent, it is a story of classes either taught and discovered, and all in the middle of a warfare area: from instructing Iraqi girls in headscarves whereas donning clothier pumps to enduring the disgrace and frustration of astronomical baggage charges.
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I went to Starbucks, I got together with my friends at the wine bars, I went out for sushi, and I bought new boots. They were Diane von Furstenberg tall, red suede boots with a two-and-a-half-inch heel, which almost made them sensible. They were my Wonder Woman boots, and I loved them so much. My mom did not. “Suede boots? Those will be practical in Iraq” was her official position. I packed them anyway. There were other phone conversations with Warren leading up to my departure, during one of which he excitedly informed me that he had “hooked me up” with a unique situation.
I was raised on Free to Be You and Me and Our Bodies, Ourselves and, as far as I know, neither of those has been translated into Arabic. But you know what has been translated into Arabic? Gone with the Wind. Chapter Two Knock-Knock, It’s Iraq! ” and a sternum-crushing hug. I was wearing a heavy, metal-plated necklace that is now kind of imprinted on my chest, but I was more annoyed with the revival of the nickname. I hadn’t seen him in over ten years, but he looked almost exactly the same, with his stocky, barrel-chested frame, short militaryesque crop of blond hair, and big friendly grin.
Please please please, NO! If I had to land in Iraq, and then be introduced to Dude/Brandon as a coworker, I would have most likely lost my shit. My shit was partially lost already, as I had undoubtedly unpacked and repacked it into several different bags. Twelve hours later, I had more or less forgotten about Dude when we landed at the Amman, Jordan, airport. I was to have a brief overnight at the airport hotel. When I spoke with a man at the arrivals counter to arrange transporting my luggage on the flight from Amman to Sulaimania, I was informed that I would have to pay another overweight baggage fee.
I Have Iraq in My Shoe: Misadventures of a Soldier of Fashion by Gretchen Berg