Zeitoun

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 15, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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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.

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Huffington Post Best Book of the Year 
New Yorker Favorite Book of the Year 
Chicago Tribune Favorite Nonfiction Book of the Year 
Kansas City Star Best Book of the Year 
San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year 
An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Decade
 

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incredible. Nonfiction about aftermath of Katrina from the perspective of an Arab business owner who stayed behind to keep an eye on his rental properties and painting business. Wife and children had ... Read full review

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Contents

About the Author
Part II
Tuesday September 6
Part III
Thursday September 8
Friday September 9
Saturday September 10
Sunday September 11
Monday September 12
Tuesday September 13
Wednesday September 14
Thursday September 15
Friday September 16
Saturday September 17
Sunday September 18
Tuesday September 20

Monday September 12
Tuesday September 13
Wednesday September 14
Saturday September 17
Monday September 19
Part IV
Wednesday September 7
Thursday September 8
Friday September 9
Saturday September 10
Sunday September 11
Thursday September 22
Friday September 23
Sunday September 25
Monday September 26
Tuesday September 27
Wednesday September 28
Thursday September 29
Part V
Acknowledgments Copyright
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Dave Eggers is the author of six previous books, including You Shall Know Our Velocity, winner of the Independent Book Award, and What Is the What, a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of France’s Prix Medici. That book, about Valentino Achak Deng, a survivor of the civil war in southern Sudan, gave birth to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, run by Mr. Deng and dedicated to building secondary schools in southern Sudan. Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco that produces books, an eponymous quarterly journal, a monthly magazine (The Believer), and Wholphin, a quarterly DVD of short films and documentaries. In 2002, with Nínive Calegari he co-founded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth in the Mission District of San Francisco. Local communities have since opened sister 826 centers in Chicago, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Ann Arbor, Seattle, and Boston. In 2004, Eggers taught at the University of California–Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and there, with Dr. Lola Vollen, he co-founded Voice of Witness, a series of books using oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. A native of Chicago, Eggers graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.


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