And to think, I was once proud of myself for braving daddy longlegs in the outdoor pit toilets at Goose Lake State Forest Campground.
Then I read First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria and yeah, I don’t even know the meaning of “roughing it.”
Deb Eve Brown-Waite‘s memoir of meeting her St. John and her subsequent adventures overseas is rollicking and hilarious in the way David Sedaris is funny, because you find yourself laughing at things like, say, a hostage situation, which aren’t remotely funny. And yet, there you are, chuckling and shaking your head and kicking your spouse on the other end of the couch to say, “Hey, listen to THIS…”
Aside from being funny, this memoir makes our world smaller by bringing Ecuador and Uganda right into our living rooms, and I think that’s truly important these days when climate change and global threats to liberty and security are drawing us all together.
Most of us will never join the Peace Corps or take international jobs in developing countries, but through Eve’s story we can start to understand the people who do, why their work is important, and why we should care.
Thanks, Eve, for showing this pampered city slicker what real life is like for most of the rest of the world. In a time of recession when we’re having to give up luxuries like eating out, cable television, pricey vacations and new clothes, when people are losing their jobs and homes, your memoir is a critical reminder of just how fortunate we still are here in the “first world”.
p.s. Don’t forget! In celebration of Deb Eve’s launch, everyone who comments this week will automatically be entered to win (one entry per person, but you can comment as often as you like. Eve loves to read email. And we’re lonely.) At the end of the week one commenter will be chosen at random to win a signed copy of Eve’s book and a love note from the rest of us.