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House of Stone

A Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East

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“Evocative and beautifully written, House of Stone . . . should be read by anyone who wishes to understand the agonies and hopes of the Middle East.” — Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and author of Crossing Mandelbaum Gate 

“In rebuilding his family home in southern Lebanon, Shadid commits an extraordinarily generous act of restoration for his wounded land, and for us all.” — Annia Ciezadlo, author of Day of Honey 

In spring 2011, Anthony Shadid was one of four New York Times reporters captured in Libya, cuffed and beaten, as that country was seized by revolution. When he was freed, he went home. Not to Boston or Beirut—where he lives— or to Oklahoma City, where his Lebanese-American family had settled and where he was raised. Instead, he returned to his great-grandfather’s estate, a house that, over three years earlier, Shadid had begun to rebuild. 

House of Stone is the story of a battle-scarred home and a war correspondent’s jostled spirit, and of how reconstructing the one came to fortify the other. In this poignant and resonant memoir, the author of the award-winning Night Draws Near creates a mosaic of past and present, tracing the house’s renewal alongside his family’s flight from Lebanon and resettlement in America. In the process, Shadid memorializes a lost world, documents the shifting Middle East, and provides profound insights into this volatile landscape. House of Stone is an unforgettable meditation on war, exile, rebirth, and the universal yearning for home.

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 28, 2011 –  Shadid a New York Times correspondent, Pulitzer Prize winner, and grandson of immigrants took a leave of absence to renovate his ancestral home in Lebanon. Shadid s quixotic mission was a search for identity. His great-grandfather left the house to his family to join us with the past, to sustain us. Shadid went in search of that past, claiming, I understood questions of identity, how being torn in two often leaves something less than one. He writes sentimentally of Lebanon, but his confession that the house was memories of what I had imagined over many years reveal a constructed emotion. The sentimentality sometimes borders on maudlin, and his identity quest is often lost among mundane construction details. Shadid claims to understand the desire of those whose place had been taken away. He is presumably referring to his divorce, but his home renovation doesn t convince as healing process. History buffs, however, will appreciate the family and Middle Eastern historical asides.

Customer Reviews


This book is a beautiful testament to the richness of the Orthodox Christian culture in Lebanon.
The book is both nostalgic but practical. Shadid explains the conflicts in the Arab world in a way that western media often fails to. He navigates the reader through complexities of occupation and the lasting scars left on a diverse region.
This book is a must read!

House of Stone
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Feb 05, 2013
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Seller: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
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