Tuesday, February 11, 2014
7:00 PM to
Concordia University, St. Paul presents, Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a collection of novels and memoirs that give a glimpse of what life is like for children and adults living in Muslim-majority societies.
During the 2013-14 academic year Concordia will hold discussions titled "Points of View", featuring five titles in this collection. The selected titles open doors to the experiences of adults and children living in Muslim-majority societies and demonstrate the rich diversity of experience and variety of Muslim opinions, and help recognize and confirm shared values.
The third book featured in the year-long discussion series is Anthony Shadid's memoir "House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East". (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2012)
From the late New York Times journalist Anthony Shadid comes a chronicle of his quixotic efforts to restore his family’s ancestral home in Lebanon. While House of Stone is a memorable tale of the ups and downs of house renovation, it is also a thoughtful meditation on the profound changes the Middle East has undergone in recent centuries. Shadid uses the history of his Christian family in Lebanon, the rise and decline of the Ottoman Empire, and accounts of life in Lebanon today to illustrate the diversity and difficulties of the region. Deeply personal, beautifully written, and intensively researched, House of Stone paints an unforgettable portrait of the people of Lebanon, their history, and their daily lives.
Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.