I heard an interview on National Public Radio a week or so ago. It was with Mr. Shadid's widow; the subject was his new book, just published. "House of Stone" is about rebuilding his ancestral home in the southern Lebanese town of Marjayoun. Here's a review: http://articles.boston.com/2012-03-04/books/31118636_1_family-moves-stone-middle-east. It makes me think about the infinite ways we can think about what "home" is.