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

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

by Anthony Shadid
3.5 12

NOOK Book(eBook)

View All Available Formats & Editions
Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
Want a NOOK ? Explore Now


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

“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)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547524337
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 349,164
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

ANTHONY SHADID(1968-2012), author of Night Draws Near, was an unparalleled chronicler of the human stories behind the news. He gained attention and awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, for his front-page reports in the Washington Post from Iraq. As Middle East correspondent for the New York Times, he covered the Arab Spring from Egypt to Libya (where he was held captive in March, 2011) to Syria. In 2010, he earned his second Pulitzer. Tragically, on February 16, 2012, he died while on assignment in Syria.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
bookiecookie More than 1 year ago
Every review of this book I read called it "an instant classic". I'm sorry -- I didn't find the 'classic' in these pages. I am interested generally in discovering the history of old homes and in particular, in the work of bringing back the former glory of old buildings. I can even lay claim to some curiosity in trying to find your own heritage and identity in the restoration of an old familial property. I also hoped that if nothing else, I might find a greater understanding of the culture of Lebanon in Shadid's admittedly often lyrical writing. However, this book was uneven in the extreme and just about impossible to follow in terms of a time line as Shadid bounces from the beginning of his family's exodus from Lebanon, back and forth from their homes around the world (but primarily in the US), to his own travels and work throughout the Middle East. Without any seeming connection, he weaves stories of his ancestors and of the town and its characters where his ancestral home is located with tales of the foibles of renovation with snipets of his personal history with bits and pieces of global events that take place in the Middle East during the year he spends working on the stone house. Some of the personalities he encounters are of interest but he never quite develops them, nor is it ever really possible to figure out who is who or Shadid's feelings about most of them. Nor does his narration ever really provide any insight into the basic culture of Lebanon. Unless you are conversant in the entire political development of this part of the Middle East, most of what Shadid has to say about events seems dropped from the sky for no particular purpose. For instance, he mentions the ordering of the USS Cole to the area but never mentions its relevance to anything. I guess what upset me the most about this book is that there was the possibility of so much information to offer to readers not well-versed about any of the topics touched upon, but in the end, you don't know anything more than you did when you started except perhaps the names of some restaurants that may or may not still exist in Beirut. And superficial as it may seem, I feel this story of the endless renovation of this home would have been greatly enriched by some photographs. Shadid rhapsodizes about the tile he restores to the house but the reader is left with no idea of what is so remarkable about said tile. Nor does the reader ever have much of a picture of the garden that drifts in and out of Shadid's story. For a Pulitzer-winning writer, I felt Shadid's narrative would have been much more impressive -- not to mention enjoyable and informative -- if it hadn't been so terribly jumbled in its telling. There are some moments where his love for his heritage and the house in particular shine through but mostly this book is just a collection of thoughts and impressions jotted down in no particular order with no cohesive thought for the story he seems to be trying to tell......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoughtful and informative narrative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story and provides excellent insight into the difficulties in the Middle East.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It starts out slow but picks up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anicus More than 1 year ago
I'm with you "Why" --- shorter reviews please. We really don't care to "hear" whether you are a literary giant or an illiterate. Three sentences in he review will suffice. If you feel the compulsion to write more than maybe you should take a few "writing classes." Great book. Entertaining and educational at the same time. Anicus
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*runs in my awesome room and jumps on bed with nickleback blastin out of my stereo*CUZ WE ALL JUST WANNA B BIG ROCK STARS!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do some people know the difference between a book review and book report??? Who wants to hear yourh endless rantings on and on of the whole book? Why buy a book when you have already told it all? We can read you know and a couple of sentences will do just fine. PLEASE just knock it off!