Suitcase Filled with Nails: Lessons Learned from Teaching Art in Kuwait

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A spirited artist with a can-do attitude, Yvonne Wakefield leaves behind a secure life in the lush Pacific Northwest to teach art in the desert state of Kuwait. Over the course of six years, she will instruct university-aged Muslim women, earn her students' trust, and learn the consequences of freedom of expression, taken for granted in one culture but not granted in another.

Despite obstacles set by her detractors, she persists, and her students and life in Kuwait flourish. Yet...

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Suitcase Filled with Nails: Lessons Learned from Teaching Art in Kuwait

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Overview

A spirited artist with a can-do attitude, Yvonne Wakefield leaves behind a secure life in the lush Pacific Northwest to teach art in the desert state of Kuwait. Over the course of six years, she will instruct university-aged Muslim women, earn her students' trust, and learn the consequences of freedom of expression, taken for granted in one culture but not granted in another.

Despite obstacles set by her detractors, she persists, and her students and life in Kuwait flourish. Yet the traps never disappear, only multiply, as others set more for her, intent on denying what they have no desire to understand.

Told from the unique perspective of an artist, Suitcase Filled with Nails is a colorful, true, timely, rare and riveting tale about living and coping in the Middle East.

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Editorial Reviews

. - Judith Roche
”This innocent abroad tells her story with vivid language, living
metaphor, and above all, great story-telling skill.”
— JUDITH ROCHE
Author, First Fish, First People and Wisdom of the Body
. - Susan Jane Gilman
”Ms. Wakefield, you owe me two night’s sleep. Why? Because I
received your glorious book and I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. I
LOVED IT.”
— SUSAN JANE GILMAN
New York Times bestselling author,
Undress me in the Temple of Heaven
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935961987
  • Publisher: Libertary Co.
  • Publication date: 4/19/2013
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 471,913
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield is an internationally recognized artist and art educator with a doctorate in Human Organizational Systems. She divides her time between a log cabin that she built at age 18 in the mountains of Oregon, a home on the Columbia River and a studio constructed in a renovated apple warehouse in Tieton, Washington.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part I

Getting There 1

Colleagues, Class, and Black-market Booze 21

More Than Homesick 49

Kiss and Kill 71

Part II

Staying the Course 109

Friends, Neighbors, and Fun 147

Outlaws and Rescue Dogs 173

Part III

The Finish Line 187

Allora 203

Holding On 211

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Ynonne Wakefield has her own specific point of view based upon y

    Ynonne Wakefield has her own specific point of view based upon years of interaction with the country of Kuwait. Like any of us, that POV is informed by who she is and what she sees and how she interprets it. This seems to be the way of all writers and I find her story of a western woman in an Arab country to be both fasinating and informative. How many western women would willingly throw themselves into a Muslim country? We should be thankful that she has brought back such a moving recollection that is both funny and chilling at the same time. Kuwait changed American policy in the Middle East and what happened there caused a chain of events that has brought us to where we are today. Ms. Wakefield's story is part of that history.

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