Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

We wanted to read another book by Eggers...

The true story of one family, caught between America’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.
Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Then, on September 6th, police officers armed with M-16s arrest Zeitoun in his home. Told with eloquence and compassion, Zeitoun is a riveting account of one family’s unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm curious what you all say about the book and thoughts regarding Mr Zeitoun and his current legal issues after Hurricane Katrina.

    March 13, 2013

    • Daniel K

      NYT sez The New Orleans Times-Picayune sez Kathy sez "the book had accurately portrayed their relationship at the time." Seems more or less plausible to me.
      http://www.nytimes.co...­

      March 15, 2013

    • heather p.

      Thank you for that!

      March 15, 2013

  • heather p.

    A number of months ago, we had read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Something striking, that Craig reminded me of, we had discussed the subjectivity of the writer. Based on the recent arrest of Zeitoun and the divorce of the couple, we were all kinda wary of Eggers approach. We found the writing "simplistic" and the characters 2 dimensional. Is that because Eggers saw much more and chose not to tell us? Probably. We all pretty much agreed on that!

    March 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds like I missed a good discussion but glad to know my thoughts weren't in left field :)

      March 14, 2013

  • Wanda

    Great to see everyone; big turnout.

    March 13, 2013

  • leanne

    I'm sorry, crazy week, LOVED the book!

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Although I've read the book, I won't be able to make it tonight. Hopefully next month with work. Enjoy.

    March 13, 2013

  • Jenny R.

    So sad I can't make it. Enjoyed the book. Hope to see you all next month.

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to joining this group.

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why are you thinking location-wise? Does it have to be in SF, or would you guys be willing to experience Berkeley?

    February 14, 2013

    • heather p.

      Am researching and will decide a place soon!

      February 14, 2013

    • Tania

      how about mazzat in hayes valley or arabian nights in mission?

      February 19, 2013

  • Tania

    sorry coudln't attend the last one, sure will attend this one, been meaning to read Zeitoun :) great pick

    February 19, 2013

  • Madeline

    This will be my first time meeting up, and I'm excited! Sounds like a great book.

    February 14, 2013

  • Kaye F.

    I'm looking forward to reading this selection and joining the group for the first time. Thanks!

    February 14, 2013

  • Laura

    But of course! I'm still sad that I missed January's meeting. Last night was a blast! :)

    February 14, 2013

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