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House of Stone A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East

ISBN-10: 0544002199
ISBN-13: 9780544002197
Edition: 2012
Authors: Anthony Shadid
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Description: “Evocative and beautifully written,House of Stone. . . should be read by anyone who wishes to understand the agonies and hopes of the Middle East.” — Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and author ofCrossing Mandelbaum Gate“In rebuilding his  More...

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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 2/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

“Evocative and beautifully written,House of Stone. . . should be read by anyone who wishes to understand the agonies and hopes of the Middle East.” — Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and author ofCrossing Mandelbaum Gate“In rebuilding his family home in southern Lebanon, Shadid commits an extraordinarily generous act of restoration for his wounded land, and for us all.” — Annia Ciezadlo, author ofDay of HoneyIn spring 2011, Anthony Shadid was one of fourNew York Timesreporters captured in Libya, cuffed and beaten, as that country was seized by revolution. When he was freed, he went home. Not to Boston or Beirut—where he lives— or to Oklahoma City, where his Lebanese-American family had settled and where he was raised. Instead, he returned to his great-grandfather’s estate, a house that, over three years earlier, Shadid had begun to rebuild.House of Stoneis the story of a battle-scarred home and a war correspondent’s jostled spirit, and of how reconstructing the one came to fortify the other. In this poignant and resonant memoir, the author of the award-winningNight Draws Nearcreates a mosaic of past and present, tracing the house’s renewal alongside his family’s flight from Lebanon and resettlement in America. In the process, Shadid memorializes a lost world, documents the shifting Middle East, and provides profound insights into this volatile landscape.House of Stoneis an unforgettable meditation on war, exile, rebirth, and the universal yearning for home.

Anthony Shadid was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on September 26, 1968. He received a bachelor's degree in political science and journalism from the University of Wisconsin in 1990. He worked at several newspapers during his lifetime including The Associated Press, The Globe, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. In 2010, he and three other New York Times journalists were kidnapped in Libya by Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi's forces. They were held for six days and beaten before being released. He won Pulitzer Prizes in 2004 and 2010 for work he did while at The Washington Post. The New York Times nominated him, along with a team of his colleagues, for the 2012 Pulitzer in international reporting. He also was the author of Legacy of the Prophet: Despots, Democrats and the New Politics of Islam; Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War; and House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East. He died from an asthma attack on February 16, 2012 at the age of 43.

Family Trees
Introduction: Bayt
Returning
What Silence Knows
Little Olive
Three Birds
Our Last Gentleman
Gold
Early Harvest
Don't Tell the Neighbors
Abu Jean, Does This Please You?
Mr. Chaya Appears
Last Whispers
Khairalla�s Oud
Citadels
At Home
Homesick
A Bush Called Rozana
Stupid Cat
Sitara
Salted Miqta
Passing Danger
Home
Worse Times
In the Name of the Father
Coming Home
Oh Laila
My Jedeida
Epilogue
Afterword
Note to Readers

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