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Top 40 Book Club : December 2009
35 ZEITOUN DAVE EGGERS After Hurricane Katrina, the levees break and New Orleans becomes inundated with the rising waters of Lake Pontchartrain. Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian immigrant, stays behind to protect his property. He becomes a minor hero, rescuing stranded elderly people, feeding abandoned animals and providing support to friends and neighbours. Eggers describes Zeitoun's experience as a collision between two of George Bush's most disastrous policies -- the War on Terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina. Zeitoun and his friends are rounded up and imprisoned by heavily armed security contractors whose stated priorities were law and order, with no regard for legal processes. In his continuing unexplained absence, his family fear for his survival. 'after Hurricane Katrina, the levees break and New Orleans becomes inundated with the rising waters of Lake Pontchartrain' NON-FICTION READING SUGGESTIONS