Last Updated: Jun 25, 2013
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. Zeitoun
The BEST Zeitoun Readers Guide
This reader's guide is written by first year students in the Bridge to Engineering Success at Tufts (BEST) Program.
A Reader's Guide to Zeitoun
FAQ, an interview with Eggers, and discusison questions available from Egger's publishing house McSweeney's.
The Zeitoun Foundation
"Created in 2009 to aid in the rebuilding of and ongoing health of the city of New Orleans, and to help ensure the human rights of all Americans."
According to Eggers the majority of the proceeds of the book go directly to the Zeitoun Foundation. To date the foundation has distributed over $200,000 in grants to non-profits. Visit the website to learn more about the foundation and read updates on the Zeitoun family, book awards, reader responses, etc.
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.
Younge, Gary. "Zeitoun by Dave Eggers." The Guardian, 27 March 2010. Web.
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
VIDEO 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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