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First Comes Love, then Comes Malaria: How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third World Adventure Changed My Life
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In this hilarious 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 arrived at the Peace Corps office, sporting her best safari chic attire, to casually look into the steps one might take 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. After spending a year in the jungle in Ecuador, she runs back to the states, vowing to stay within easy reach of a decaf cappuccino for the rest of her days. 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 beginsif you call having rats in your toilet fun. Fortunately, in Eve's case you certainly can, because to her, every experience is an adventure to embrace and the pages come alive with all of the poignant and uproarious details. From intestinal parasites to getting caught in a civil war, culture clashes to unexpected friendships, First Comes Love, then Comes Malaria is an honest and laugh-out-loud look at Eve's misadventures as an aspiring do-gooder and her search for love and purpose, which she finds in the last place she expected.
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In this hilarious 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 arrived at the Peace Corps office, sporting her best safari chic attire, to casually look into the steps one might take 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. After spending a year in the jungle in Ecuador, she runs back to the states, vowing to stay within easy reach of a decaf cappuccino for the rest of her days.
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 beginsif you call having rats in your toilet fun. Fortunately, in Eve's case you certainly can, because to her, every experience is an adventure to embrace and the pages come alive with all of the poignant and uproarious details.

From intestinal parasites to getting caught in a civil war, culture clashes to unexpected friendships, First Comes Love, then Comes Malaria is an honest and laugh-out-loud look at Eve's misadventures as an aspiring do-gooder and her search for love and purpose, which she finds in the last place she expected.
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      • source: J. Maarten Troost, author of Lost on Planet China
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        "Eve Brown-Waite writes as she lives--with verve and humor and a fine sense of the absurd."

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      • source: Loretta LaRoche, author of Kick Up Your Heels Before You're Too Short to Wear Them
      • content: "A must, must, must read. You will laugh, laugh, laugh at this account of how you can do good and laugh away your stress all at the same time."
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      • source: Jenny Gardiner, author of Sleeping with Ward Cleaver
      • content: "Eve Brown-Waite had me at "Jambo." Her hilarious, charming, and honest memoir about evolving from someone who merely shops at Banana Republic to someone who wants to save banana republics is an un-putdownable must-read."
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      • source: Mia King, author of Good Things
      • content: "Eve Brown takes you on a wild, engrossing, and totally unpredictable ride with laughs and tears along the way. A wonderful debut!"
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      • source: Eileen Cook, author of Unpredictable and What Would Emma Do?
      • content: "First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria is infectious! Once you start it, you can't put it down."
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      • source: Danielle Younge-Ullman, author of Falling Under
      • content: "First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria is a hilarious, smart, and compelling debut. Eve Brown-Waite vividly captures the ex-pat experience, the paradox of trying to save the world while desperately craving a cappuccino and proves that, in some locales, you can be "a little bit pregnant." The result is a grand adventure, love story, and journey of self-discovery that you will not be able to put down."
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        March 15, 2009
        A laugh-out-loud debut about humanitarian work in Ecuador and Uganda during the 1980s and'90s.

        Eager to be"surrounded by happy, grateful villagers," Brown-Waite decided to join the Peace Corps after graduating from college. During her interview, she fell in love with her recruiter, John. Suddenly more interested in snaring him than in spending two years saving the world, Browne-Waite reluctantly embarked for Ecuador to prove to John, an Irish Catholic, that she, a New York Jew, was both Peace Corps and marriage material. At a shelter in"the Armpit of Ecuador," she helped homeless boys reunite with their families. The rape of another volunteer stirred memories of the sexual abuse in her past, and she had to be evacuated because of panic attacks. Since her therapy required more than the 40 days allotted for a Peace Corps"medevac," she abandoned her post and spent the next two years getting an advanced degree in public health and trying to convince John to marry her. He finally did, and they moved to Uganda so he could manage a microlending project for the humanitarian organization CARE. Browne-Waite hoped to continue her work in AIDS education. Her hardships in Uganda included catching malaria when she was pregnant, defending the house from flying white termites and braving minor rebel bombings. She relates these stories with the cheery nonchalance of a seasoned expat willing to find the humor in everything, and her refusal to approach her experiences with self-congratulatory solemnity makes for a refreshing voice. The book's hilarity is grounded by the author's serious commitment to aid work, her reflections on raising her daughter in a third-world country and her informed, balanced portrayal of the Ugandan people.

        As revealing as it is entertaining.

        (COPYRIGHT (2009) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

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      • source: Library Journal
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        March 2, 2009
        Verdict: This is ultimately rather thin stuff, with the author's churlish moments unfortunately more memorable than the times she is genuinely touched by her surroundings. Optional at best. Background: Brown-Waite's story begins as she joins the Peace Corps, falls in love with her recruiter, and goes to live in Ecuador. She didn't complete the full tour of service for personal reasons and felt that she owed it to herself to try overseas living again. She got her chance when her husband (the erstwhile recruiter) took a job in Uganda; the three years they spent there make up most of the book. To her credit, the author is candid about her frustrations and whiny moments, seemingly aware that she might come across as annoying. In the end, however, her purportedly life-changing experiences read more like a catalog of personal hassles. The writing is amusing in parts, but the narrative rarely rises above the superficial: Ugandans talk funny, they smell, some of their customs are irritating-and there are bugs!-Megan Hahn Fraser, Univ. of California Lib., Los Angeles

        Copyright 2009 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        March 1, 2009
        College graduate Eve is looking for a meaningful endeavor and settles on the Peace Corps. Though shes not sure a life withoutcreature comforts is for her, she is certain of one thing: John, the Peace Corps recruiter, is the guy for her. The couple faces a two-year separation when Eve receives a placement in Ecuador. Reluctantly, Eve leaves Johnand heads to South America where, after a time, she finds her niche reuniting lost children with their familiesuntil a coworkers rape brings up traumatic memories for her and shes sent back home. Though her stint in the Peace Corps is over, a future with John means a life less ordinary, and soon after their marriage he accepts a job with CARE in Uganda. Once there, Eve finds the people welcoming but the lack of amenitiesthe power is turned on for only three hours at nightand the persistent insect population daunting. With an appealing, down-to-earth voice, Brown-Waite chronicles her adventures abroad in an accessible, humorous tone sure to appeal to armchair travelers.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2009, American Library Association.)

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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 arrived at the Peace Corps office, sporting her best safari chic attire, to casually look into the steps one might take 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. After spending a year in the jungle in Ecuador, she runs back to the states, vowing to stay within easy reach of a decaf cappuccino for the rest of her days.
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