A Sock in the Eye is the true story of a four-year-slice of life from the 1960s when the author, a young woman at the beginning of her print journalism career, decided to join the Peace Corps. She was rejected by that august body which was a mir disappointment. Her motives were suspect anyway because all she actually wanted was a free ride to Africa. The rejection just meant that the young woman would have to pay her own way around the world, a fact that opened the door to wonderful, almost magical, experiences. The message of this memoir? Dream your dreams and let one keep you from realizing them. Raise the banner of that classical author of times past, Emile Zola, who declared: If you ask me what I came to do in this world...I will answer you: I am here to live out loud.