Travels with Myself and Another by Martha Gellhorn

I've always been fascinated by Martha Gellhorn. One of those women who often appeared in photos surrounded by men. With a gun in one hand and a cigarette in the other, you always get the sense she could hold her own. And she did. The bulk of this book reports a trip she took through Africa as just as the colonial system was disintegrating. Her training as a journalist is reflected in this writing. It's sharp, spare writing, as if she's very aware she has both a deadline and a word count. It's hard to read this when you know of the war, corruption, and disintegration that follows, even harder when over a third of the population of Africa is infected with AIDS. The writing here is very good.

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LINKS

Debris and Detritus (available in trade paperback and ebook formats).

Pen and Prejudice (available in trade paperback and ebook formats).

Roux Morgue (available in hard cover, trade paperback, audio, and ebook formats)

Beat Until Stiff (available in trade paperback, audio, and ebook formats)

Poisoned Pen Press

Mystery Writers of America

Sisters in Crime Northern California Chapter

Independent American Booksellers Association

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