By Dave Eggers
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307387943, 337pp.)

Publication Date: June 15, 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer '10 Reading Group List
“Dave Eggers has performed a great service for Americans by introducing us to Syrian immigrant, New Orleans painting contractor, and family man Abdulrahman Zeitoun. We get to know Zeitoun and his family intimately, and his nightmare treatment by our government in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is a cautionary tale of a justice system run amok. Zeitoun reads like a novel, and Eggers' empathetic storytelling elicits admiration, outrage, and shame, but in the end, a glimmer of hope for us all. I dare you not to be moved.”
-- Molly Young, Orinda Books, Orinda, CA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2011 Reading Group List

National Bestseller
A "New York Times "Notable Book
An "O, The Oprah Magazine "Terrific Read of the Year
A "Huffington Post "Best Book of the Year
A "New Yorker "Favorite Book of the Year
A "Chicago Tribune "Favorite Nonfiction Book of the Year
A "Kansas City Star" Best Book of the Year
A "San Francisco Chronicle" Best Book of the Year
An "Entertainment Weekly" Best Book of the Decade
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.

About the Author
Dave Eggers, a former professional stundman, is the editor of McSweeney's and the author of the New York Times bestseller A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.

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  1. “Notes About This Book” (xv) gives a sense of how the book was written, whose point of view it reflects, and Eggers’s efforts at accuracy and truth in his depiction of events. By choosing to portray the response to the hurricane through its effects on one family, what kind of story (or history) does he achieve? 

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