I think I've now read all of Geraldine Brooks' books, both fiction and non-fiction. This one is a memoir of her growing up in Australia and especially her pen pals. Like all of Brooks' writing, this book is interesting and well written, which I really think is too a unique combination in a journalist. However, it wasn't really what the back of the book said it would be. Most of the book focused on Brooks' letters to and from her American pen pal, with only short mentions of her other pen pals. At the end Brooks manages to track down the old penpals, but that's hardly the focus of the book.
Brooks' mentions Jill Ker Conway a couple of times, which was nice since I've read Conway's memoir of Australia too. Interesting comparisons there.
I was thinking this book would certainly count for Melissa's challenge, but since it turned out to be rather different that I was expecting, it's a little less sure. But I think it does.