First Come Love, Then Comes Malaria

First Come Love, Then Comes Malaria

How A Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and A Third-World Adventure Changed My Life

Book - 2009
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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 she's 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 Malariachronicles Eve's misadventures as an aspiring do-gooder. From intestinal parasites to getting caught in a civil war, culture clashes to unexpected friendships, 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. AUTHOR BIO EVE BROWN-WAITE was a finalist for Iowa Review, Glimmer Train, and New Millennium Writings Awards for stories she wrote about her time abroad. She lives with her husband and two children in Massachusetts.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780767929356
Characteristics: 305 p. ;,22 cm.


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Mar 11, 2018

This book is not deserving of the disparaging comments some made; full of honesty and humor, it frequently give details of what people in other countries content themselves with (or accept as the norm) which the author is overwhelmingly grateful for. Very competently written, it is an easy read that does not drag but entices you forward. I recommend this for the insight and story itself, plus a good warning or enticement to join a volunteer organization yourself.

Mar 26, 2013

This is a well written book! I so enjoyed the chance to live through a Peace Corps experience through Eve Brown-Waite's eyes.

Sep 07, 2012

The writer comes across as someone you'd LOVE to have in y our life. She's so funny, self-deprecating, goofy and real.

Jun 08, 2010

What a hilarious book!!! Eve first goes to Ecuador and then to Uganda. Her observations are 100% accurate . Truly funny.

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