I am getting ready to go to Northern Uganda with the Peace Corps so this book hit on themes that I found very interesting. I have spent most of my adult life living overseas and have also traveled to Uganda and that kept my interest level up. It is an interesting autobiography and some of what other readers found offensive in the story were things that I can relate to from the author. The pregnancy drama could have been trimmed down dramatically but maybe a new mother might find it interesting. The introduction to what life will be in Northern Uganda made this a 4 star book for me although I most certainly will not have the luxuries she describes. I would be interesting in knowing what happened next to this family.
The narrator is terrific--emotional and funny and a master of accents (at least, she convinced me). The story is interesting and personal, as memoirs at their best are. It is evocative and informative, and made me want to travel to Africa immediately.
This writer and her husband joined the world of the expats in remote locations who go to make a difference in the lives of the people living in the countries they visit, in this case, Uganda. She is compassionate and insightful, and yet from time to time she makes observations that seem to lack in both, of the what-is-the-matter-with-these-people-anyway variety, acknowledging their poverty and the corruption of their government yet simultaneously frustrated that they can't just stand up and rise above it.
However, that said, it is clear that her heart is in the right place, and given the instability of the region and the vast differences between the American culture (and what we take for granted) and the Ugandans' culture (and what they not only take for granted but also accept), she draws a remarkable and positive picture.
I have read/listened to dozens of memoirs, bios, and auto-bios. Never have I not liked a person so much. For someone who wants to join the Peace Corp and save the world - Eve complains, whines, and carries on as if she didn't expect to be in a third world country surrounded by people who think white people are strange and don't speak English.
The only reason I finished this book was because I hoped at some point along the way she would redeem herself of the constant moaning and grousing - but no - she surprised me and ended up worse.
I liked the location the most. What I liked the least was the authors whiny tone and annoying that she never made an effort to meet the towns people and have relationships with Ugandans outside of her husbands job. She lived there 3 years and never learned the language, ugh.
Not really but it was cheap so it's ok.
Eye opening story told from a very real and familiar viewpoint. Great job at making you feel like you were there.
Eve Brown Waite's account of her time in the peace corp, marrying her peace corp recruiter, and their subsequent move to Uganda is at turns hilarious, poignant, and culturally informative while being unfailing honest in it's self reflection. Very much worth the listen for anyone who enjoys the unquestioning humor that always comes with overseas adventures!
In the first chapters of this book I thought this shallow, narcissistic writer must be presenting herself in a harsh light in order to show how the Peace Corps and developing world would change and strengthen her character. No such luck. Rarely has such a self-absorbed person set carelessly written, shabbily edited words on paper. As a returned Peace Corp Volunteer who worked for 3 years in Sierra Leone with my husband and 3 children, I am interested in the experience of other PCVs. Yes, I have had malaria and so have 2 of my children. Yes, as the "non-matrix spouse" I had challenges defining a job for myself. Yes, I have subsisted on a limited diet and pined for American food and physical comforts. But Ms. Waite's experience with deprevation is appallingly self-centered, and whatever growth she experiences happens off stage or is instantly erased by her needy, whiny attitude. Count me in among the Audible reviewers offended by her writing on perceived African body odor -- and it's not just a mention, it's a rant.
As for her signature chapter sign off, "I'll keep you posted," my response is, "No thanks, I've had enough."
Not sure. This is the type of book you'd pick up and read on a rainy day or borrow at your sister's house because you're bored. Not one you'd intentionally purchase at full price, but worth a read or listen if the price is right.
Certainly Eve's travels are interesting. I was disappointed in how her story was portrayed though. Her book highlights an averageness. It was a story of a woman whose love for an amazing husband is evident, but not one that highlights an amazing woman. Not to say that she's not, but she didn't convey that to the reader.
I really enjoyed Conor Greenan's Little Princes,for example,because it highlights an average Joe who seems to stumble into excellence. This seems to be focused on the reverse.
Good (Sorry, just one).
What happened next.