DC Trip, Christina Lamb and Kelly Kennedy’s books.

Christina Lamb

I've read and enjoyed three of Dart Center Ochberg Fellow Christina Lamb's books.

I returned home yesterday from Washington DC, where Kimbriell Kelly, the Rev. Elaine Bellis and I presented about our journalism and community organizing project about nursing homes at the NCCNHR annual conference.

Advocates, lawyers and ombudsmen from all over the country attended, and we got plenty of additional story ideas during a spirited discussed that went beyond the scheduled time.

On Saturday night Rev. Elaine and I went to dinner with childhood buddies M. David Lee III, his brother Teo and friends from last year’s Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship.

Lisa Millar of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation joined us right off the plane from Australia, where she had returned for a week, as did Kelly Kennedy and Christina Lamb, her husband Paulo Anunciacao, and their son Lourenco.

A veteran of both the first Gulf War and Mogadishu, Kelly has just finished They Fought For Each Other, a bookabout a hard hit unit in Iraq that began with a remarkable and award-winning series she did for Military Times.

The book will be out in March next year, and I can’t wait to read it.

Christina, who has reported overseas for more than two decades, has written five books.  I’ve read three of the works, each of which is a testament to her talent and versatility.

The House of Stone covers the history of Zimbabwe, the initial promise of Robert Mugabe’s regime and the bitter betrayal of that hope through the experience of one white and one black family.

The Africa House is a more historical text that draws heavily on letters and journals to tells the story of an eccentric nineteenth century English colonialist who builds a mansion in the African bush, harbors romantic feelings for his aunt and eventually comes to hold somewhat enlightened views toward the local population.

Small Wars Permitting is a collection of dispatches that cover close to 20 years and take the reader from South Africa to Nigeria to England to a pitched battle in Afghanistan. Lamb is at different point wry, whimsical and grateful to be alive.


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