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Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
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Feb 14, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction-american-contemporary-ev, biography
Read in January, 2010

I read this book last year and am about to reread it with my local book club. It was though-provoking, well-written, and left me with confirmation about the uncomfortable feelings I have about the direction our country has taken since 9/11 and the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina. The family Eggers profiles is Muslim and the way the father of the family, a hardworking, compassionate small business owner, was treated by law enforcement (perhaps it was Homeland Security? I am not certain) in New Orleans after the flood was difficult to read. Yet I know the truth of what Eggers describes, having seen it happen in other areas of life. There is much to think about and discuss after reading this book, and I look forward to our book club discussion next month.
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