Author: Dave Eggers
Publish Date: July 15, 2009
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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, on September 6, 2005, 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 New Orleans and the United States generally) in which
what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun was possible"
My Two Cents:
is the story of a man who survives Hurricane Katrina. This book is by
David Eggers and it feels like longform journalism, which I love. Eggers
draws on a lot of sources in order to make readers feel what it
would've been like to not only be an outsider as Zeitoun is a immigrant.
Hurricane Katrina was very devastating to the entire city of New
Orleans and even 10 years later, it continues to shadow parts of the
This is an incredibly moving book. Zeitoun not only lives
through such a catastrophic event. He not only loses his home but he
faces racism as he is trying to recreate his life during a very scary
time. This book made me think a lot. It's definitely a book where you
end up putting yourself in the people's shoes in the book.
book is one that will stick with you for a very long time. I think
Americans especially forget a lot from the aftermath of Hurricane
Katrina. The authors seeks to simply show what Zeitoun's life was like.
He doesn't really offer any of his own commentary, which works very
well. Zeitoun's plight is offered without comment. This book is
incredibly compelling and will be enjoyed by a variety of readers.