Enjoying your summer? Planning to take a trip? We have always found memoirs inspiring to read that are about other peoples’ trips to what most of us would consider exotic destinations! We ourselves have been to every continent except Africa! So it was very exciting to have Jeffrey at the bookstore to do a book signing here last Friday!
And he sold a lot of books! Even better!
Jeffrey Gettleman, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and a seasoned war correspondent, For the past decade, he has served as the East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times. He has had a following for quite some time as a journalist so this book was an exciting acquisition for his many followers. This book takes place in one of the most challenging places to visit in Africa but it is an account of his own personal life while he was there. It may very well challenge your own perspectives and standards, but it is a very honest account of his own experiences.
His book has been compared to another book we have reviewed which was “Barbarian Days”, which was also a very personal tale of love, changes as a man growing into his own while exploring his own passions which, for William Finnegan, was the world of surfing.
“Love, Africa” covers Jeffrey being torn, not only between two women that found himself in love with, but also challenged by his experiences of seeing a torn Africa at the beginning of change, much like himself. He was experiencing all of it for the very first time.
Having met him in person, it is interesting to see this author come away from his experiences still with a positive attitude and a twinkle in his eye.
Ed Justus and Cynthia Lynn are owners of The Bookstore in Hanapepe.