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About the Book

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Zeitoun by Dave Eggers


Zeitoun by Dave Eggers tells the true story of Syrian immigrant Abdulrahman Zeitoun and his family in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina. It deals with race, religion, culture, and bias, through one man’s struggle to be an active citizen during a time of crisis.


Excerpts from the Book

Click on the Google Book preview to read the first four chapters or go to the New York Times to read an excerpt of Chapter 1.

Selected Book Reviews

  • New York Times
    Egan, Timothy. "After the Deluge." New York Times. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2009. Web.
  • Wall Street Journal
    Alter, Alexandra. "A Family's Flood." The Wall Street Journal, 17 July 2009. Web.
  • New Orleans Times-Picayune
    Larson, Susan. "Abdulrahman Zeitoun's Poet-Katrina Odyssey." New Orleans Times-Picayune, 14 July 2009. Web.
  • The Guardian
    Younge, Gary. "Zeitoun by Dave Eggers." The Guardian, 27 March 2010. Web.
  • Prospect Magazine
    Tel, Jonathan. "Paddling in the Shallows." Prospect, 24 Feb. 2010. Web.


Eggers speaks about Zeitoun for the Muslim Public Affairs Council Foundation Media Awards.  Eggers was an awarded the MPAC Foundation Media Award in 2010.

Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! speaks to Dave Eggers and Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun about the book.

Josh Parr, a journalism student from Southern Methodist University, interviews Zeitoun as part of his campus newspaper's NOLA Now series.


This National Public Radio broadcast intertwines excerpts of the book read by Eggers with an interview of both Eggers and Zeitoun.


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