“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 recession: she ate cereal for dinner, gave up the gym membership, and came face to face with looming unemployment.

To cope, 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 what the world needs now is 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, probably more of the latter.

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, and
  4. Occasionally use their horoscopes to make important decisions