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Zeitoun
by Dave Eggers
non fiction
From The Jacket:A New York Times Notable Book An O, The Oprah Magazine Terrific Read of the Year A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year A New Yorker Favorite Book of the Year A Chicago Tribune Favorite Nonfiction Book of the Year A Kansas City Star Best Book of the Year A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Decade The true story of one family, caught between America’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina. Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Then, on September 6th, police officers armed with M-16s arrest Zeitoun in his home. Told with eloquence and compassion, Zeitoun is a riveting account of one family’s unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water.
Zeitoun is not a book I would have picked for myself but I am glad it was passed on to me by a member of my reading circle. Admittedly, the premise of the book is from one person’s perspective, but it made for very interesting reading and Dave Eggers is an excellent writer. The events and circumstances are true but presented in a very straightforward interesting style, the book definitely reads like fiction.
by-Janet 2010/09/01, 07:28 PM
 
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