Love, Africa by Jeffrey Gettleman
A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival

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Yet for all that one may not learn much about Africa from this book, Mr Gettleman’s writing certainly zips along. His tales, whether of madcap antics such as nearly getting arrested for illegally climbing Mt Kilimanjaro as a student to being arrested years later for sneaking into the Ogaden, convey a vivid sense of a place...
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From Jeffrey Gettleman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist, comes a passionate, revealing story about finding love and finding a calling, set against one of the most turbulent regions in the world.


A seasoned war correspondent, Jeffrey Gettleman has covered every major conflict over the past twenty years, from Afghanistan to Iraq to the Congo. For the past decade, he has served as the East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times, fulfilling a teenage dream.


At nineteen, Gettleman fell in love, twice. On a do-it-yourself community service trip in college, he went to East Africa—a terrifying, exciting, dreamlike part of the world in the throes of change that imprinted itself on his imagination and on his heart.


But around that same time he also fell in love with a fellow Cornell student—the brightest, classiest, most principled woman he’d ever met. To say they were opposites was an understatement. She became a criminal lawyer in America; he hungered to return to Africa. For the next decade he would be torn between these two abiding passions.


A sensually rendered coming-of-age story in the tradition of Barbarian Days, Love, Africa is a tale of passion, violence, far-flung adventure, tortuous long-distance relationships, screwing up, forgiveness, parenthood, and happiness that explores the power of finding yourself in the most unexpected of places.

 

About Jeffrey Gettleman

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Jeffrey Gettleman is the New York Times’s East Africa bureau chief, and was awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. He has also been a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the St. Petersburg Times, and has won two Overseas Press Club awards. He studied philosophy at Cornell University and earned a master of philosophy degree from Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar. A native of Evanston, Illinois, he lives in Nairobi, Kenya, with his wife and two sons.
 
Published May 16, 2017 by Harper. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Travel. Non-fiction
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on May 18 2017

Yet for all that one may not learn much about Africa from this book, Mr Gettleman’s writing certainly zips along. His tales, whether of madcap antics such as nearly getting arrested for illegally climbing Mt Kilimanjaro as a student to being arrested years later for sneaking into the Ogaden, convey a vivid sense of a place...

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