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

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Granta Publications, May 3, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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In spring 2011, Anthony Shadid was one of four New York Times reporters 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. Instead, he returned to his great-grandfather's estate in Lebanon, a house that, over three years earlier, Shadid had begun to rebuild. House of Stone is 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. Shadid creates a mosaic of past and present, tracing the house's renewal alongside his family's flight from Lebanon and resettlement in America. He memorializes a lost world and provides profound insights into this volatile landscape. House of Stone is an unforgettable meditation on war, exile, rebirth and the universal yearning for home.

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

User Review  - Susan Bennett - Goodreads

An American foreign correspondent of Lebanese heritage takes a year's leave from work to renovate his family's home in Marjayoun, Lebanon. This could have been a bland book, but the author makes it ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Mostafa Mostafa - Goodreads

3.5 stars actually, the problem is with me not wtih this bk. maybe am not used to this type of bks where nothibg actually happens ( like what happened with three cups of tea which i didnt continue and ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Anthony Shadid was a foreign correspondent for the New York Times and former Baghdad bureau chief of the Washington Post. Over a fifteen-year career, he reported from most countries in the Middle East. He won his first Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for his coverage of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. He won a second in 2010. Shadid is the author of Legacy of the Prophet: Despots, Democrats and the New Politics of Islam (2001), and Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War (2005), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Shadid died of an asthma attack while attempting to leave Syria on horseback in February 2012.

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