The Devil Wears Clogs

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)



What happens when you plunk down a thirty year-old culturally unaware management consultant in Heidelberg, Germany?

I don’t speak German. I didn’t have any experience working with Europeans. The Twin Towers had just collapsed and I had no idea whether I would sink or swim. When I met my good-looking Dutch colleague and decided to take my next assignment in the Netherlands, I nearly drowned.

That’s when I figured out that maybe I was the one who needed to change and not an entire continent.


Have you contemplated what your life would have been like if you lived abroad? Have you dreamt of taking your career overseas? You are not alone.

The victim of an extreme case of wanderlust, author Jennifer Burge, has been on a mission to see as much of the world as possible, beginning with Europe. At thirty, Jennifer began the journey in real-life, having one of the world’s largest tech consulting firms finance her plans.

Within days of the collapse of the Twin Towers, the “mission” comes in the form of an international assignment in Germany. As tomorrow is no longer guaranteed, Jennifer knows she must walk through the open door or risk losing the opportunity of a lifetime.

Armed with a heavy dose of wit and sarcasm, the author relies on her professional strength to navigate the alien European landscape. Jennifer’s faux pas are many before she learns to respect the true depth of the cultural divide, realizing that it is she that must change and not an entire continent.

What would your life look like if you rolled the dice and seized an opportunity to live and work overseas?

The Devil Wears Clogs‘, is the essential “How NOT live Abroad” guide for those interested in an honest look at what happens when you pursue your career in another country. Anyone already living outside their native country will identify with Jennifer’s mistakes as well as her triumphs. The Devil Wears Clogs is the first installment of a three part-series that spans four continents and helps you get prepared to live a global life.

Jennifer’s debut memoir, The Devil Wears Clogs, is a hit with readers across the globe: 30 reader reviews with an average 4.8 star rating!

“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.”  
“I was happily surprised by this memoir of a young American woman living and working in Europe. Her honesty about herself and what she encounters as a single working woman in a tech job is refreshing and at times very funny as are her misadventures on the way to true love. This book should be read by every American–not just those who plan to live or work outside the U.S. In a very enthusiastic and entertaining way, the author shows that every country has different customs and attitudes and that not everyone wants to be like Americans.”  
“A very well written insightful book discussing cultural differences by someone who has actually lived them. I recommend this book to all of Dutch descent or those who migrate to the USA because the author holds up a mirror for us.” 
European Travel Memoir ~ Signed by Author, 276 pages

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9942449-0-1

eBook ISBN: 978-0-9942449-1-8 (available in Kindle and ePub formats)

6 reviews for The Devil Wears Clogs

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michele Crofts

    What a fantastic book by Jennifer. I loved every minute of it. As I was reading it I almost felt like I was living Jennifer’s life and travelling to the places that Jennifer ventured to. Not only a travel blog but an emotional and funny journey. I would highly recommended this book to anyone looking for an excellent read. Well done and I can’t wait for the next instalment of Jennifer’s life.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alessandra Esteves

    A truly genuine read as Jennifer chronicles her personal experience abroad balancing a consulting career, foreign language and culture.

    The Devil Wears Clogs is a must-read for anyone considering a career based overseas as there is typically an underestimation of the challenges and barriers associated with relocation. Jennifer’s story addresses so many of these hurdles as she circumnavigates an established institution in a new world. As such her story clicks with adventurers that have gone before with the same universal obstacles and prepares those who are planning the leap of faith in the future.

    I highly recommend this memoir and look forward with anticipation to hear of Singapore.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Figueroa

    I loved the book written by Jennifer. I felt like I was there with her. It brought back memories from my experiences with different overseas assignments! This is a must read by anyone getting ready to move overseas. Awesome Jen!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rosaena Harvey

    Jennifer’s book is a good and easy read not to mention entertaining and witty. I guess what impressed me the most was her realization that the Country you are visiting is not going to change for you! An awesome book with great descriptions and facts of reality when living in a different Country. You have to find the good/positive because every culture is a different experience. She nailed it!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    Once I picked up The Devil Wears Clogs I found it very difficult to put it down!!! A very easy and fun read…..I was right there on her adventure with her!! I am looking forward to future instalments of her wonderful and exciting life!!! Bring it on Jen… have an awesome story to tell……I am awaiting your next book!!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joseph Russell

    What a FANTASTIC piece of nonfiction! I am recommending this book to all my friends and family. It is perfect for anyone (male or female) that is considering living and/or working outside of the United States. I had difficulty putting this book down and cannot wait until the next installment comes out in print. Great job Ms. Jennifer Burge and thank you for sharing your personal experiences, both positive and negative. You allow the reader to really get to know you while providing sage advice.

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