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Zeitoun by Dave Eggers **** (of 4)

A Syrian-American businessman, Zeitoun, rides out Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.  Eggers gives us a vivid view of the storm and its aftermath from inside the city, rather than the view most of us had from a TV helicopter.  We also experience the repercussions for a Muslim who comes face to face with the overwhelming number of national security forces sent to recapture the city from bedlam. The best read of the year. I could not turn the pages quickly enough. November 2009.