“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," is what Gretchen said before she met the 2008 recession. "Recession" meant no more gym membership and much more cereal for dinner. Starbucks? Job security? Fond, distant memories.

In the dark, vast, choppy Sea of Recession, there was one visible life-preserver in Gretchen's proverbial binoculars. It said "Iraq". So she reluctantly uprooted her life and moved to the Middle East.

There are plenty of books about Iraq of the sensible and serious 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).

This is not like those.

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 from the author* 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 for all. - Gretchen