Swedish Lessons: A Memoir of Sects, Love and Indentured Servitude

Swedish Lessons: A Memoir of Sects, Love and Indentured Servitude

by Natalie Burg

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"The thing about a downward spiral is that you never know you're in one at the beginning. In fact, in my embarrassingly vast experience, they typically begin with unabashed enthusiasm. I should have recognized the pattern too, having just recently tumbled to the bottommost depths of my own personal barrel. But there I was, back on top, embarking on a thrilling adventure abroad. What was the fun in learning from your mistakes when you could just repeat them? On a much grander scale? On the other side of the Earth?"

So begins Natalie’s "adventure" as an au pair in Sweden. On a farm in the middle of nowhere, working for an employer who may or may not be the head of a cult, she embarks on a year-long assignment to "nanny" teens who speak fluent English and need no supervision. Instead, she finds herself splitting time between life as an undocumented domestic servant and as the live-in girlfriend of a car mechanic down the road, because he is literally the only other human within miles.

Natalie’s ability to lay bare her blind sprint into indentured servitude is nakedly funny and will leave you wishing you could sit down with her to have a beer and hear more.

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ISBN-13: 9781483503004
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 07/08/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 231
Sales rank: 1,020,107
File size: 595 KB

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Swedish Lessons: A Memoir of Sects, Love and Indentured Servitude 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not care for this book. Seems like typical spoiled american children behaviour. No curiosity or joy about living and learning. I went to scandinavia when I was 16 years oldand could not have been happier. One of the best memories of my life. I continued to contact family members for more than twenty years after leaving them. Had my aunt not passed away and my then ticket to return became a long distance funeral I would probably be living there today. I read this book because of an interview on NPR but I probably would not haxe if I had known it was so negative.