“Not all travelogues need to be heavy philosophical discourses, or ignore the effect of shoes on the world’s economy...a must-read.” – Portland Book Review

"Gretchen is the perfect heroine...and one of the funniest authors I've ever stumbled upon." - Chick Lit & Wine

 “…a fun, fast summer read that may have other beachgoers giving you strange looks when you laugh out loud, which will be often.” – The Coast News

“…funny stories and cultural observations…” – Kirkus Reviews 

“SO smartly written and freakin’ hilarious, I promise that you’ll fall in love with Gretchen on page one.” - Chick Lit Is Not Dead 

“Most books about Iraq are deadly serious, this one is hilarious.” – Vulpes Libris

“…the perfect book for anyone (especially those Sex and the City fans) looking for a fun read about sand in your designer shoes.” – Bookhounds 

“Overall, a fantastic read and a really fun time!” – Chick Lit Plus


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

"I am not moving to Iraq to teach."

And then Gretchen met the 2008 recession. She was reduced to eating cereal for dinner, kissing her gym membership good-bye, and staring looming unemployment straight in the face.

There was only one visible life-preserver floating in the vast, overwhelming sea around her, and it said "Sorry, toots, Iraq". She reluctantly uprooted her life and moved to the Middle East.

“An American living in Iraq” is moderately intriguing. “A single, bossy assertive, socially liberal American female living in Iraq” is a hot mess waiting to happen. Particularly a single, assertive, socially liberal but politcally lazy American female who would rather watch Project Runway than a presidential address.

There are plenty of books about Iraq of the uber-dramatic variety. First-hand accounts of perilous military missions (Ambush Alley:  The Most Extraordinary Battle of the Iraq War), or forbidden love stories (Love in a Torn Land), or heroic escape stories (Concealed…Inside the Enemy). All fine stories, but the world could really use a funny book about living in Iraq. 

Gretchen prefers to entertain, and make people laugh, whether it’s with her, or at her. This story has a little bit of both.

I Have Iraq in My Shoe will especially appeal to people who:

  1. Don’t take themselves too seriously
  2. Love shoes
  3. Champion equal rights
  4. Occasionally use their horoscopes to make important decisions

In 2009, in spite of her decision, Gretchen was not really ready for Iraq. The bigger question might have been, was Iraq ready for her?


*2015 Update* The climate in Iraq has changed drastically since I was there, and my heart goes out to the people who have been caught there, in the middle of the horrific nightmare. It is so important for us to remember that Iraq is home to so many good and decent people, who are just trying to live normal lives. Family, friends, jobs, hopes, dreams, struggles - we all have them, regardless of where we were born. Wishing peace and love to all. - Gretchen