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Author: Lynsey Addario Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481505826

Publisher Description

MacArthur Genius Grant winner Lynsey Addario’s relentless pursuit of complex truths drive this heart-pounding and inspirational memoir of a photographer’s life.

Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when the events of September 11, 2001, changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she would often find herself making—not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis, and make a name for herself.

Addario finds in photography a way to travel with a purpose, and It’s What I Do is the story of that singular calling—how it shapes and drives her life and how it changes the lives of others. She captures virtually every major theater of war of the twenty-first century and from it creates a historical document of truth on the international conflicts that have made, and remade, our world. She photographs the Afghan people before and after Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, as well as the burned villages and the countless dead in Darfur. She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo and tells the riveting inside story of her headline-making kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war.

As a woman photojournalist determined to be taken as seriously as her male peers, Addario fights her way into a boys’ club of a profession. Rather than choose between her personal life and profession, Addario learns to strike a necessary balance. In the man who will become her husband, she finds at last a real love to complement her work, not take away from it, and as a new mother, she gains an even more intensely personal understanding of the fragility of life.

Watching uprisings unfold and people fight to the death for their freedom, Addario understands she is documenting not only news but also the fate of society.

It’s What I Do is more than just a snapshot of life on the front lines—it is witness to the human cost of war.

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  • “It’s What I Do is as brilliant as Addario’s pictures—and she’s the greatest photographer of our war-torn time…She’s a miracle. So is this book.”

    - Tim Weiner, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Legacy of Ashes
  • “The opening scene of Lynsey Addario’s memoir sucker punches you like a cold hard fist. She illuminates the daily frustrations of working within the confines of what the host culture expects from a member of her sex and her constant fight for respect from her male journalist peers and American soldiers. Always she leads with her chin, whether she’s on the ground in hostile territory or discussing politics.”

    - Entertainment Weekly
  • “[Addario] conveys well her unstated mission to stir the emotions of people like herself, born into relative security and prosperity…It is a diary of an empathetic young woman who makes understanding the wider world around her a professional calling.”

    - Los Angeles Times
  • “The book helps us understand not only what would lead a young woman to pursue such a dangerous and difficult profession, but why she is so good at it.”

    - Boston Globe
  • “[Addario] thoughtfully shows how exhilarating and demanding it is to cover the most difficult assignments in the world.”

    - San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Crystalizes the last ten years of global war and strife while candidly portraying the intimate life of a female photojournalist…A brutally real and unrelentingly raw memoir that is as inspiring as it is horrific.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Highly readable and thoroughly engaging…Addario’s memoir brilliantly succeeds not only as a personal and professional narrative but also as an illuminating homage to photojournalism’s role in documenting suffering and injustice and its potential to influence public opinion and official policy.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “Author Lynsey Addario uses her camera to capture images of beauty and light as well as despair, horror, and every other human emotion under the sun. Narrator Tavia Gilbert does the same with her voice, giving an authentic and thoughtful performance of this audiobook. As Addario recounts her experience of being held hostage, along with three reporters, by troops loyal to President Gaddafi in Libya, Gilbert brings the appropriate heart-pumping fear to the listener. It’s terrifying…Gilbert delivers it all in a thoroughly satisfying listening experience. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • “A page-turner of a memoir describing her war coverage and why and how she fell into—and stayed in—such a dangerous job.”

    - Booklist
  • “Lynsey Addario’s book is like her life: big, beautiful, and utterly singular. With the whole world as her backdrop, Addario embarks on an extraordinary adventure whose overriding effect is to remind of us what unites us all.”

    - Dexter Filkins, author of The Forever War
  • “It’s What I Do is the riveting, unforgettable account of an extraordinary life lived at the very edge.”

    - Jon Lee Anderson, staff writer for the New Yorker and author of The Fall of Baghdad


  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for February 2015
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of a Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Great New Writers
  • A 2015 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Best Memoir & Autobiography Book Award nominee
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Biographies & Memoirs
  • A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015 for Nonfiction
  • A NPR’s Great Reads Selection of 2015
  • An bestseller
  • Finalist for the 2016 Chautauqua Prize

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    " Interesting, exciting, gripping, engaging . Through the eyes and lens of a professional photographer and photo journalist. "

    - Jewel A, 3/10/2018

About the Author

Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist whose work appears regularly in the New York Times, National Geographic, and Time magazine. She has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur, and the Congo and has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Genius Grant and the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting.

About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert is an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry. Named the 2018 Voice of Choice by Booklist magazine, she is also winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She has earned numerous Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. has named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir. In addition to voice acting, she is an accomplished producer, singer, and theater actor. She is also a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral.