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Steve CollThe pain and allure of departure, more than the satisfaction of arrival, run through the stories told in House of Stone, Anthony Shadid's elegiac, heartbreaking memoir of the year he spent restoring a long-abandoned family home in southern Lebanon. The book's searching characters and mournful tone would be moving even if a reader had no knowledge that Mr. Shadid…died on Feb. 16 …As it is, a book conceived as an introspective project of personal recovery—as well as a meditation on politics, identity, craft and beauty in the Levant—now stands as a memorial. It is a fitting one because of the writing skill and deep feeling Mr. Shadid unobtrusively displays.
—The New York Times