Gettleman is a Pulitzer-Prize winning war correspondent who for fifteen years has reported from war zones all over the world. But Africa is his great love—the place he wanted to live since his teens. He has reported from there for the last decade as the NYT’s East Africa Bureau Chief. This memoir is the story of both achieving that dream and the difficult path to also balancing it with the dream of marriage and family.
As well as writing for the NYT, Gettleman has also appeared as a commentator on CNN, BBC, PBS, NPR and ABC so we expect good coverage for the book.
“[An] exciting, harrowing memoir that aptly displays why [Gettleman’s] a Pulitzer Prize winner and a New York Times bureau chief…. there’s a thrilling immediacy and attention to detail in Gettleman’s writing that puts the reader right beside him…Gettleman’s memoir is an absolute must-read.”
— Booklist (starred review)
A passionate debut memoir bears witness to political turmoil… A stark, eye-opening, and sometimes horrifying portrait by a reporter enthralled by the ‘power and magic’ of Africa.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Gettleman recounts his dangerous reporting from global hot spots: interviewing Taliban POWs in Afghanistan; surveying firefights and suicide-bomb carnage in Iraq; and exploring famines, insurgencies, tribal massacres, and a pirate café in East Africa, where he is the Times bureau chief. Sharing many of his exploits is his wife and sometime colleague Courtenay; their star-crossed relationship, including bouts of infidelity, complicates his wanderlust…. Many episodes are riveting.”
— Publishers Weekly
Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival (9780062284099) by Jeffrey Gettleman. $27.99 hardcover. 5/16/17 on sale.