House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: February 2012
Duration: 12 hours 22 minutes
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. Shadid juxtaposes past and present as he traces the house's renewal along with his family's flight from Lebanon and resettlement in America.'House of Stone'is an unforgettable memoir of the world's most volatile landscape and the universal yearning for home.
'Shadid's beautifully rendered memoir is a rich account of a man's gradual immersion into the world of [the] Middle East where the rooms and hallways of his great-grandfather's house tell stories that will linger with every reader for decades.''Andr' Aciman,'New York Times'bestselling author