Presenter of the National Book Awards

2012 National Book Award Finalist,
Nonfiction

Anthony Shadid

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

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

House of Stone, by Anthony ShadidAnthony Shadid, by Nada Bakri

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Anthony Shadid’s House of Stone is a lyrical memoir of rebuilding his great-grandfather’s house in southern Lebanon, as well as a granular history of the region, vividly rendering the immigration of the Shadid family to Oklahoma City in the 1920s, a classic—and relevant—American journey. Reminding us of the loss sustained by the death of this brilliant Middle East reporter earlier this year, the book stands as a beautiful and sturdy memorial.

About the Book

Last spring, when Anthony Shadid—one of four New York Times reporters captured in Libya as the region erupted—was freed, he went home. Not to Boston, Beirut, or Oklahoma where he was raised by his Lebanese-American family, but to an ancient estate built by his great-grandfather, a place filled with memories of a lost era when the Middle East was a world of grace, grandeur, and unexpected departures. For two years previous, Shadid had worked to reconstruct the house and restore his spirit after both had weathered war. Now the author of the award-winning Night Draws Near tells the story of the house’s re-creation, revealing its mysteries and recovering the lives that have passed through it.

About the Author

Anthony Shadid (1968-2012), author of House of Stone and Night Draws Near, was an unparalleled chronicler of the human stories behind the news. He gained attention and awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, for his front-page reports in The Washington Post from Iraq. More recently, as Middle East correspondent for The New York Times, he covered the Arab Spring from Egypt to Libya (where he was held captive in March, 2011) to Syria. In 2010, he earned his second Pulitzer. Tragically, on February 16, 2012, he died while on assignment in Syria.

Links

> AnthonyShadid.com

Remembering Anthony Shadid
The New York Times
> www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/02/17/world/middleeast/Anthony-Shadid-Remembrance.html#/all

A Foreign Correspondent Reflects On The Arab Spring
Terry Gross, Fresh Air from WHYY
> www.npr.org/2011/12/21/144064191/a-foreign-correspondent-reflects-on-the-arab-spring

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Photo credit: Nada Bakri