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

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

Anthony Shadid


“Wonderful . . . one of many best memoirs I’ve read.” — Philip Caputo, Washington Post

In the summer season of 2006, racing via Lebanon to document at the Israeli invasion, Anthony Shadid chanced on himself in his family’s ancestral native land of Marjayoun. There, he came across his great-grandfather’s as soon as superb property in close to ruins, devastated by means of struggle. 12 months later, Shadid lower back to Marjayoun, to not chronicle the violence, yet to rebuild in its wake.

So starts off the tale of a battle-scarred domestic and a journalist’s wounded spirit, and of ways reconstructing the single got here to give a boost to the opposite. during this bittersweet and resonant memoir, Shadid creates a mosaic of earlier and current, tracing the house’s renewal along the historical past of his family’s flight from Lebanon and resettlement in the United States round the flip of the 20th century. within the procedure, he memorializes a misplaced global and gives profound insights right into a transferring heart East. This paperback version comprises an afterword through the journalist Nada Bakri, Anthony Shadid’s spouse, reflecting on his legacy.

“A poignant commitment to relations, to domestic, and to historical past . . . Breathtaking.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“Entertaining, informative, and deeply relocating . . . House of Stone will stand many years, for these lucky adequate to learn it.” — Telegraph (London)

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