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Click for availability and more information Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers
 
With the huge earthquake disaster in Japan, the world is certainly watching the dramatic human tragedies unfold there. Many may be reminded of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 while following events in Japan. An excellent book on Katrina is Dave Eggers's Zeitoun, which was published in 2009. Eggers presents the fascinating, and at times heartbreaking, ordeal of Abdulrahman Zeitoun (always referred to as Zeitoun) as he is caught in the fury of Katrina and its aftermath. His saga gains increasing interest since his is an Arab-American born in Syria. His wife is American born and they were living a peaceful, hard-working and successful life in New Orleans before the storm hit. Not only must Zeitoun deal with the floods and related traumas after Katrina, but he gets caught in the frantic efforts by law enforcement officials to contain crimes, real or imagined. Eggers writes in a solid reporting style and Zeitoun becomes a truly engrossing saga of Zeitoun's life during the extremely difficult time for his family and himself. It is highly recommended.
-Roy

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