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Review: IT’S WHAT I DO: A PHOTOGRAPHER’S LIFE OF LOVE AND WAR by Lynsey Addario

 

Lynsey Addario never dreamed of becoming a famous photographer. Photography started out as a hobby for her. Soon, however,  her hobby became the reason she used to travel abroad. Her journeys took her to Afghanistan  (both before and during the U.S war there), Sudan, Iraq, Libya,  Somalia, Turkey, Argentina, and various other places around the world. Her photographs have won her many accolades including a MacArthur Fellowship and a Pulitzer Prize.

22571757I saw this book on the new release shelves at my library and thought the book sounded decent. I was so wrong. This is by far the best non-fiction book I have read this year! Addario ‘s account of her career is a pulse pounding, tear jerking narrative that had me riveted from the first page. Her writing style thrusts you into what she experienced. I felt my heart beating faster as she embedded with U.S soldiers in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan and later when she was kidnapped in Libya. I cried when the soldiers she had been embedded with were wounded and killed and her chapter on the rape of women in the Congo was heartbreaking.

A lot of times when you read a non-fiction book, the writer will include a dozen back and white photos of the subject usually in the middle of the book. Addario and her publisher go above and beyond this.The book is full of her beautiful and at times tragic photos and they are all in color on glossy paper as they are meant to be seen.

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