The Book Cellar
Join us at The Book Cellar as pulitzer award winner Jeffrey Gettleman discusses his memoir, Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival.
About Jeffrey Gettleman:
Jeffrey Gettleman is the East Africa bureau chief for The New York Times. He won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for his work from Africa. He has covered warlords and pirates, rebels and elephant poachers. Traveling across the continent several times, he’s used just about every mode of conveyance imaginable from donkey cart and dugout canoe to a battered tandem bike.
He studied philosophy at Cornell and earned a master's of philosophy degree from Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar.Jeffrey has appeared as a foreign affairs commentator on the BBC, CNN, NPR and other networks and has written for Foreign Policy, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, The New Republic and GQ.
Jeffrey lives in Nairobi, Kenya, with his wife and two boys. He is the author of the new memoir Love, Africa.
About Love, Africa:
Gettleman recounts his two decades in journalism in this exciting, harrowing memoir that aptly displays why he’s a Pulitzer Prize winner and a New York Times bureau chief. In college at Cornell in the 1990s, Gettleman discovered his two true loves: East Africa and a beautiful, bright fellow student named Courtenay. These two passions end up being at war with each other: the more Gettleman seeks out a career that takes him to the region he feels at home in (first in a brief stint as an aid worker, and then as a correspondent), it puts both geographical and emotional distance between him and Courtenay, who is pursuing her own dream of being a public defender. But even as Gettleman’s job takes him to war-torn countries like Afghanistan and Iraq (and into other women’s beds), he can’t quite let go of the hope of a future with Courtenay. Whether he’s recounting a terrifying encounter with a child killer or running afoul of the Ethiopian government, there’s a thrilling immediacy and attention to detail in Gettleman’s writing that puts the reader right beside him. Combining that with his gimlet-eyed observations on East Africa and his love for the region, especially Kenya, Gettleman’s memoir is an absolute must-read.
— Kristine Huntley, BOOKLIST May 1, 2017