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

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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" (National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, Lo"s Angeles Times" Book Prize) 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. AUTHOR: Anthony Shadid, author of Night Draws Near and an unparalleled chronicler of the human stories behind the news, gained attention and awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, for his front page reports in the Washington Post from Iraw. More recently, as Beirut bureau chief for the New York Times, he has covered the revolution in Egypt and the events that are reshaping the Middle East. In 2011, he earned his second Pulitzer. Anthony sadly passed away on February 16, 2012 after suffering an acute asthma attack, due to his severe allergies to horses.
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"Wonderful . . . One of the finest memoirs I've read." — Philip Caputo, Washington Post

In the summer of 2006, racing through Lebanon to report on the Israeli invasion, Anthony Shadid found himself in his family's ancestral hometown of Marjayoun. There, he discovered his great-grandfather's once magnificent estate in near ruins, devastated by war. One year later, Shadid returned to Marjayoun, not to chronicle the violence, but to rebuild in its wake.

So begins the story of a battle-scarred home and a journalist's wounded spirit, and of how reconstructing the one came to fortify the other. In this bittersweet and resonant memoir, Shadid creates a mosaic of past and present, tracing the house's renewal alongside the history of his family's flight from Lebanon and resettlement in America around the turn of the twentieth century. In the process, he memorializes a lost world and provides profound insights into a shifting Middle East. This paperback edition includes an afterword by the journalist Nada Bakri, Anthony Shadid's wife, reflecting on his legacy.

"A poignant dedication to family, to home, and to history . . . Breathtaking." — San Francisco Chronicle

"Entertaining, informative, and deeply moving . . . House of Stone will stand a long time, for those fortunate enough to read it." — Telegraph (London)

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