História, História is a small book that leaves a big impression. Stanford's writing is graceful and rhythmic. The sentences reeled me in to her time on Cape Verde. Her descriptions of the place, the food, and the people made me want to explore it for myself. Eleanor and her husband are doing good work through the Peace Corp. Sadly, giving time to such a worthwhile cause doesn't make your own problems go away. Eleanor is dealing with a crumbling marriage and a burgeoning eating disorder. I felt a sense of guilt in the author. She's in a land where solid marriages seem to be few and far between, education is lacking and food isn't always plentiful. Those facts don't lessen Stanford's issues but they do put things into perspective.Melancholy and luscious, História, História is a worthwhile read.