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A riveting account of Hurricane Katrina and a shocking tale of wrongful arrest and racism, Zeitoun is the true story of one Syrian-American, plucked from his home and accused of terrorism, written by one of America's most high-profile literary writers, now available for the first time in paperback from Vintage Canada.

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four, chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. A week later Zeitoun abruptly disappeared. Eggers's riveting nonfiction book, three years in the making, explores Zeitoun's roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy — an American who converted to Islam — and their children, and the surreal atmosphere in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun was possible. Like What Is the What, Zeitoun was written in close collaboration with its subjects and involved vast research — in this case, in the United States, Spain, and Syria.

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DAVE EGGERS is the author of seven books, including A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, You Shall Know Our Velocity!, How We Are Hungry, What Is the What and The Wild Things as well as co-writer of the film Away We Go, starring Jon Krasinski and Maya Rudolph. He is the editor of McSweeney's, a quarterly magazine and book-publishing company, and is cofounder of 826 Valencia, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for young people. His interest in oral history led to his 2004 cofounding of Voice of Witness, a nonprofit series of books that use oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. As a journalist, his work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire and The Believer.

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Suzanne in Ashland , August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Suzanne in Ashland )
Dave Eggers is an excellent author -- very well researched, very clear, very authentic. The characters in Zeitoun, as in his other books, come alive to the reader. You feel their joy, their pain, their humanity. This important work of nonfiction focuses on Abdulrahman Zeitoun and his family at the time of Hurricane Katrina. In the storm's aftermath, Zeitoun, an American of Syrian descent, has a unique experience (one hopes it was unique or limited in scope...). You will find yourself shaking your head repeatedly as Eggers portrays the inexplicable arrest of this pure of heart, good community citizen who calmly and quietly canoes the flood waters helping stranded neighbors and caring for abandoned dogs. Chaotically and shamefully, the collective "authority" continues to treat Zeitoun with utter disrepect and disregard for his civil rights. The book is an eye opener. It demonstrates what can happen -- did happen -- in America (yikes) in the state of an emergency.
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