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In this laugh-out-loud funny memoir, a pampered city girl falls head over little black heels in love with a Peace Corps poster boy and follows him literally to the ends of the earth.
Eve Brown always thought she would join the Peace Corps someday, although she secretly worried about life without sushi, frothy coffee drinks, and air conditioning. But with college diploma in hand, it was time to put up or shut up. So with some ambivalence she arrives at the Peace Corps office sporting her best safari-chic attire to casually look into the steps one might take if one were to become a global humanitarian, a la Angelina Jolie.
But when Eve meets John, her dashing young Peace Corps recruiter, all her ambivalence flies out the window. She absolutely must join the Peace Corps - and win John's heart in the process. Off to Ecuador she goes and - after a year in the jungle - back to the States she runs, vowing to stay within easy reach of a decaf cappuccino for the rest of her days. But life had other plans. Just as she's getting reacquainted with the joys of toilet paper, John gets a job with CARE and Eve must decide if shes up for life in another third-world outpost. Before you can say, "pass the malaria prophylaxis," the couple heads off to Uganda, and the fun really begins--if one can call having rats in your toilet fun.
Fortunately, in Eve's case one certainly can, because to her, every experience is an adventure to be embraced, and these pages come alive with all of the alternatively poignant and uproarious details.
With wit and candor, First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria chronicles Eve's misadventures as an aspiring do-gooder. Here is an honest and laugh-out-loud funny look at the search for love and purpose from a woman who finds both in the last place she expected.
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By criswithcurls on 06-25-10
One of the best memoirs I have ever read!
This audiobook was hilarious, poignant and, at times, heartbreaking. I simply cannot rave enough about this wonderful memoir. Eve Brown-Waite is a woman who is honest, loving, compassionate, quirky and occassionally selfish. But you know what? That makes her human! The narration was wonderful-I felt no one, but Eileen Stevens, could have pulled off this memoir!
Buy this audiobook! It will make you literally laugh out loud wherever you are! (For example, I was in the grocery store at one particular time and couldn't help but hoot with laughter...which got several strange stares.)
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