Lynsey Addario

It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War

Praise for 'It’s What I Do'

Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Selection “In this gripping memoir, she writes about piecing together a personal life in the midst of jarring world events.”

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for February 2015 Amazon

An iBooks Best Books of February 2015 iTunes

New York Times Book Review – Editor’s Choice – Feb 15, 2021

10 Books to Read in February - BBC

20 Books We’ll Read in 2015 - Entertainment Weekly “The author writes of her harrowing experiences as a war photojournalist in the Middle East, Kathryn Bigelow, are you listening?”

‘It’s What I Do,’ by Lynsey Addario The Sunday Book Review The New York Times

“She found her calling at the age of 13, when her father gave her a simple Nikon 35 mm camera to play around with. Immediately fascinated, she began to photograph obsessively, even if she never imagined it might lead to a career.

“By the end of that tumultuous [2010] decade, and at extraordinary personal risk, Addario had covered conflicts across the Middle East and Africa for some of the world’s most prestigious publications.”

Meet the Photographer Who Found How to Balance a Life of Love and War – Time Magazine

People Were Just Pulling Out Plastic Bags With Remnants of Bodies" The New Republic

Photographer Lynsey Addario: 'It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War'" Yahoo! News

Lynsey Addario: Portraits of War, by Katie Couric, Yahoo! News

"What It's Like To Photograph A War Zone When You're Pregnant"Elle Magazine US

One Woman’s Wars: A Q&A; with Photojournalist Lynsey Addario – Word & Film

"What It's Like To Photograph A War Zone When You're Pregnant" Elle Magazine US

'It’s What I Do,’ by Lynsey Addario published in the San Francisco Chronicle

“Addario’s narrative about growing up as one of four daughters born to hairdressers…and working her way up to being one of the world’s most accomplished photojournalists, male or female, is riveting.”

War's Eyewitness: A Conversation with Photojournalist Lynsey Addario - Men's Journal

Review: 'It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War,' by Lynsey Addario The Star Tribune

"Why it pays to work the fringes"Photojournalist Lynsey Addario’s intimate account of “life and love in war” By Vanessa M. Gezari for the Columbia Journalism Review

Lynsey Addario—Shooting On The Front Lines - GOOP

“A remarkable journalistic achievement… that crystalizes the last 10 years of global war and strife while candidly portraying the intimate life of a female photojournalist. Told with unflinching candor [Addario] brings an incredible sense of humanity to all the battlefields of her life. Especially affecting is the way in which Addario conveys the role of gender and how being a woman has impacted every aspect of her personal and professional lives. A brutally real and unrelentingly raw memoir that is as inspiring as it is horrific.”—Kirkus (starred review)

Addario isn't just any photojournalist—she's a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting who came to everyone's attention when she was kidnapped by pro-Qaddafi forces during Libya's civil war. Here, she details the work she's done—photographing the Afghan people before and after the Taliban ascendancy, for instance, and violence against women in the Congo—even as she tells her personal story. With a national tour. - Library Journal

“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

“Addario has written a page-turner of a memoir describing her war coverage and why and how she fell into—and stayed in—such a dangerous job. This ‘extraordinary profession’—though exhilarating and frightening, it ‘feels more like a commitment, a responsibility, a calling’—is what she does, and the many photographs scattered throughout this riveting book prove that she does it magnificently.”—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

“A gifted chronicler of her life and times, Lynsey Addario stands at the forefront of her generation of photojournalists, young men and women who have come of age during the brutal years of endless war since 9/11. A uniquely driven and courageous woman, Addario is also possessed of great quantities of humor and humanity. 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

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.