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The Devil Wears Clogs


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Jennifer Burge grew up on the Lake Erie shore near Cleveland, Ohio. Graduating from the Ohio State University in 1994, she long dreamed of living and working in Europe. Her wish came true as her career in IT project management moved her to Germany in 2001 and then to the Netherlands in 2002. In 2007, Jennifer relocated to Singapore where she worked as an IT contractor. She traveled extensively throughout Asia and began writing destination pieces for The Guide magazine (Vietnam). Realizing that others who sought to work overseas could benefit from her first-hand experience and perhaps avoid painful lessons, Jennifer began writing her memoir, The Devil Wears Clogs, in 2009. Her next move took her to Australia in 2011 where she returned to consulting before taking the leap to full-time writing in 2012. In 2013 and she became a full member of the Australian Authors' Society and her first memoir was published in late 2014. Singapore Salvation, the Asian sequel will be released in December 2015. Jennifer lives in north Brisbane and works full-time writing and speaking in the importance of cultural understanding in a global society. She is a columnist for and provides insight on world destinations and cultures on her website:


The Devil Wears Clogs by Jennifer Burge (5 out of 5) - Generation G Books Jennifer grew up near Cleveland, Ohio, and always (like many of us!) had the dream of living and working in Europe. Always be careful what you wish for? Jennifer gets her chance when she relocates to the Heidelburg, Germany. Wait..Heidelburg, Germany It certainly isn't London, Austria, or Paris. It's...Germany! Jennifer takes the chance and relocates. Things are not exactly wine and roses. I learned a lot about what the business world overseas would expect and surprise you with, if I were ever able to journey that way. The Germans have a stiff upper lip and some rather unique regulations that will make you shake your head. I did shake my head a few times. I also laughed quite a few times. Jennifer's book does kind of give you a crash course in what to expect if you're not at all prepared for what you may get when you get there- she wasn't, and she makes no secret of that. Her experiences in Holland give her a reason to continue living abroad, and again, you learn a lot from what she went through when she landed and while she was righting herself. Here's the thing: Jennifer tells you the truth, but where there are water spouts, there are also rainbows. You find many a positive message here. There are the atypical professional double edged swords- usually, those buried in your back by competitive colleagues. I had a lot of fun reading this book. I love a good business book once in a while, and I felt like Jennifer managed to merge the two genres with ease, with fun, with wisdom, and with a lot of heart. Excellent Memoir About ExPat Life as a Businesswoman "Very well-written memoir by a keenly intelligent professional. Her descriptions of the issues she faced as an American working in first Germany and then the Netherlands were fascinating and rang true. Especially considering that her training was in an entirely different field, her narrative skills were impressive and her ability to tell a story in an appealing and interesting manner was first-rate. I found her book interesting and absorbing; I'm looking forward to reading more of her work." As funny and entertaining as it is informative. "Sounds easy and glamourous... move to Europe, get a job, have an exciting, adventure-filled life. Sure; easy. Jennifer Burge tells us, from her own experiences, that it's not quite as simple as it sounds. But she takes us on that adventure and, while reading the book, the reader feels as though they're taking that journey themselves. And what a trip it is! Luckily for us, Ms. Burge went through all the hassles and difficulties for us and is able to share her experiences with candor and wit." Humorous, fresh and captivating! "I recommend this book not only because it gives a genuine perception of the work environment in the European business world, but it is also an enjoyable memoir of how the author's life story evolves when leaving for a foreign country. Her struggles on working days, her exciting trips while not working and last but not least, her unexpected love life unfolding with each chapter, made for a great read all over. I often reread passages just so that I can laugh again or marvel at how smart and witty her descriptions are. Her vivid narration also made me feel as if I were there experiencing what she did. For a first book, I think Jennifer did a great job! Thank you for telling your story to the world." I stayed up most of the night to finish this book! "I stayed up (nearly) all night to finish this book! I loved it. Working overseas sounds so romantic, but trying to explain the unique challenges and situations one goes through can be difficult. Jennifer not only tells her story with wit and charm, she also made me laugh out loud. Many times. Thanks to Jennifer for creating a great read that illuminates the challenges and rewards of following your dreams. Am looking forward to the next one!"

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