...Dreaming in Hindi by Katherine Russell Rich. Saw this on Oprah, and I'm going to be a bit cheeky and just copy and paste the book desciption from Amazon below. Seriously though, she sounds like my kind of lady; overcoming pretty hefty problems, going to live in a new and exciting country and getting to grips with the language with plenty of laughs and misunderstandings along the way. Will order the book and feedback on it here! Also check out her trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7ltWjmozFs.
"Having miraculously survived a serious illness and now at an impasse in her career as a magazine editor, Rich spontaneously accepted a free-lance writing assignment to go to India, where she found herself thunderstruck by the place and the language. Before she knew it she was on her way to Udaipur, a city in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, in order to learn Hindi.
In this inspirational memoir, Rich documents her experiences in India ranging from the bizarre to the frightening to the unexpectedly exhilarating using Hindi as the lens through which she is given a new perspective not only on India, but on the radical way the country and the language itself were changing her. Fascinated by the process, she went on to interview linguistics experts around the world, reporting back from the frontlines of the science wars on what happens in the brain when we learn a new language. Seamlessly combining Rich's courageous (and often hilarious) personal journey with wideranging reporting, Dreaming in Hindi offers an eye-opening account of what learning a new language can teach us about distant worlds and, ultimately, ourselves."