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Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
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Mar 16, 11

bookshelves: awesome-narrative-non-fiction, favorite-book-read-each-year
Read in November, 2009

Just a very well-told story

Zeitoun is a Syrian-American who runs a house painting business with his Southern born wife, Kathy. He decides to stay during Hurricane Katrina to care for the business, their properties and their clients' hosues, but Kathy and the kids flee the city. For a while he's a hero, helping to save people and pets stranded in their own homes. But he is later picked up and thrown in jail, assumed to be a looter and then a terrorist. Much of the narrative is his experience in a makeshift prison erected just post Katrina. You'll tear through this because it's just so well told. You may find renewed faith in humanity, though probably not in government. :(
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