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Author: Anthony Shadid Narrator: Neil Shah Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781483067759

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When Anthony Shadid—one of four New York Times reporters captured in Libya as the region erupted—was freed, he went home, not to Boston, Beirut, or Oklahoma, where he was raised by his Lebanese American family, but to an ancient estate built by his great-grandfather, a place filled with memories of a lost era when the Middle East was a world of grace, grandeur, and unexpected departures. For two years previous, Shadid had worked to reconstruct the house and restore his spirit after both had weathered war. Now the author of the award-winning Night Draws Near tells the story of the house’s re-creation, revealing its mysteries and recovering the lives that have passed through it. Shadid juxtaposes past and present as he traces the house’s renewal along with his family’s flight from Lebanon and resettlement in America. House of Stone is an unforgettable memoir of the world’s most volatile landscape and the universal yearning for home.

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  • “Shadid’s beautifully rendered memoir is a rich account of a man’s gradual immersion into the world of [the] Middle East where the rooms and hallways of his great-grandfather’s house tell stories that will linger with every reader for decades.”

    - André Aciman, New York Times bestselling author
  • “To some reporters, the Middle East is a ‘story.’ To Anthony Shadid, one of the best journalists working today, it is life itself. His love of the place and its people resonates in every word of this lovely book.” 

    - Thomas E. Ricks, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Anthony Shadid has written a beautiful and timeless book about a broken place and a breaking man. House of Stone is poignant, aching, and at times laugh-out-loud funny. It is a story of history and healing, and Shadid’s writing is so lyrical it’s like hearing a song.”

    - David Finkel, Pulitizer Prize–winning author of The Good Soldiers
  • “Anthony Shadid’s House of Stone is a haunting, beautifully realized piece of writing. With the poignancy of an exile and the eye of a reporter, Shadid juxtaposes past and present not only to tell the story of his family’s house and what happened there, but also to take us back to a Middle East we had forgotten, a place of grace, dignity, and diversity. He illuminates what has been and what is in the Middle East.”

    - Nick Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City 
  • “The main narrative of House of Stone concerns the rebuilding of the house. Interwoven with this is Shadid’s account of his ancestors and their world…A powerful reminder of the impact that never-ending insecurity has on people long after the violence that ruined their lives has been forgotten by the rest of the world.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “An honest-to-God, hands-down, undeniable, and instant classic. This is a book about war, and terrible loss, and a troubled region, and his own tattered family history…Both a compulsive read and one you don’t want to end.”

    - Dave Eggers
  • “A riveting, soulful, and candid journey.”

    - Robin Wright
  • “A profound meditation on history, friendship, politics, and the indelible music that guides us home.”

    - Phil Bennett
  • “A nostalgic, bittersweet journey back to the Lebanese homestead…A gentle unfolding of observation and insight, as the author reacquaints himself with the Arabic rhythms, ‘absorbing beauties, and documenting what was no more.’ A complicated, elegiac, beautiful attempt to reconcile the physical bayt (home) and the spiritual.”

    - Kirkus Reviews


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A 2012 Washington Post Best Book for Nonfiction
  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Nonfiction
  • A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2012 eMusic Best Audiobook of the Year
  • A 2012 National Book Award Finalist
  • A 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is one of those memoirs about restoring a house in another country. In this case, it's an ancestral home not one in a place the author has fallen in love with. Well, that's not quite true. Through the process, he falls in love with the town where it is. Anthony Shadid was of Lebanese descent and a prize-winning reporter in the Middle East. His story of the renovation is interwoven with the story of his family history and emigration to the United States. I learned a great deal about modern history through this book and enjoyed the entire journey. It's unfortunate that the author died shortly before the publication of this book while on assignment in Syria. "

    - Betsy, 12/9/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I loved this book; it was beautifully-written and poignantly addresses the complex issue of home and how the place where one's family and ancestors comes from can inform a person's life. I highly recommend it. "

    - Jennifer, 11/30/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " What a great book about what life has become in the Lebanon. I feel like I have such a deeper understanding of what a true loss of culture has been lost through years of war and intolerance. However the rhythm of the book was at first strange but later wasn't an issue. Also the characters in Oklahoma were difficult to keep strait as far as who was related to who, and which generation they belonged to. This in mind, reading the book is a great description of life in the middle east, full of Arabic sayings and beautiful descriptions of towns, clothes, food and passions. The vivid descriptions of Anthony Shadid really make the true Lebanon flower in this book. "

    - Jason, 11/8/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was an interesting book about rebuilding and restoring a family home in southern Lebanon, with references to architectural styles and one really interesting chapter on cemento tiles. At the same time it gave insight into what it's like to live in Lebanon right now, and some fascinating character studies. Three stars because it is kind of slow moving - Jay couldn't finish it. "

    - Mary, 11/7/2013
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Ummmm, don't waste your time. "

    - Mindy, 10/25/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I found this book slow to start but ultimately mesmerizing in the same way I felt drawn into "Cutting for Stone". Very glad that I persevered. "

    - Kathleen, 10/19/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A remodeling story to end all remodeling stories, but it's way more interesting than that. "

    - Laura, 9/22/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Interesting book about the regional history but not very interesting due to writing style. I think Anthony Shadid was a great journalist but I am not sure if he is applying the same writing style to novels. "

    - Saqib, 3/27/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Anthony, may his soul rest in peace, brought some interesting characters to life. I liked reading about his ancestors' fortunes in America, and about his quirky neighbors and contractors. Wasn't so into the house itself, though -- I'm not much of a house person in general. "

    - Flora, 1/26/2013
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Could not get into it, as much as I wanted to and enjoy learning about the region. It felt like it wasn't going anywhere and the premise did not interest me. Unfortunately unsatisfying. "

    - Marc, 1/10/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Shadid is a "maalim" at prose. He captures a perspective that is often ignored in discussions of the middle east. He beautifully weaves the past and present into this narrative. A real master. "

    - Vickie, 12/2/2012
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This book provided a fascinating, personal insight into the Middle East conflict and it's impact on everyday people. However, the structure was so confusing and the stories were so disjointed that I can't give it a higher rating. "

    - Carole, 4/19/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " An interesting personal reminiscence about Lebanon. Certainly opens a window on a place and a history that is not often examined (at least by me). Great writing by the late Anthony Shadid--what a loss ! "

    - Mary, 4/10/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Interesting story. The author manages to deliver his own experiences in a way that resembles a fiction novel. However, the book is too long and half of it is monotonous. "

    - Diana, 2/25/2012

About the Author

Anthony Shadid (1968–2012), an unparalleled chronicler of the human stories behind the news, gained attention and awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, for his front-page reports in the Washington Post from Iraq. He was the only American reporter there who spoke Arabic. As the senior Middle East correspondent for the New York Times, he earned his second Pulitzer.

About the Narrator

Neil Shah is an Audie-nominated narrator and winner of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards who has recorded over 150 audiobooks. AudioFile magazine has commended him for “an absolutely mesmerizing listening experience” and as “an outstanding narrator who adds a healthy dose of personality to each of the characters.” As a classically trained actor with an MFA from the Old Globe/University of San Diego, he has appeared off Broadway and on regional stages, as well as in film and television. He records from his home studio in Portland, Oregon.