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The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East (2006)

by Sandy Tolan

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Excellent book. More questions than answers. ( )
  shazjhb | Mar 2, 2019 |
This book was not as well written as I would have liked, but the information was very important. I felt the author was definitely pro-Palestinian, but he provided many details that are very upsetting. ( )
  suesbooks | Mar 23, 2018 |
"In 1967, Bashir Khaira, a twenty-five-year-old Palestinian, journeyed to
Israel with the goal of seeing the beloved old stone house with the lemon tree
behind it that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier. To his
surprise, when he hound the house he was greeted by Dalia Eshkenazi Laundau, a
nineteen-year-old Israeli college student, whose family fled Europe for Israel
following the Holocaust. On the stoop of their shared home, Dalia and Bashir
began a rare friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and tested over the
next thirty-five years in ways that neither could imagine on that summer day in
1967. Sandy Tolan brings the Israeli-Palestinian conflict down to its most
human level, suggesting that even amid the bleakest political realities there
exist stories of hope and reconciliation." --back cover
  collectionmcc | Mar 6, 2018 |
An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
About the author: quoting from the inside of the book's back cover, "[Sandy Tolan] has written for the 'New York Times Magazine' and for more than forty other magazines and newspapers. As Co-founder of Homelands Productions, Tolan has produced dozens of radio documentaries for NPR and PRI. He has reported from more than twenty-five countries, especially in the Middle East and Latin America, and his work has won numerous honors. . ." The reviewer for Kirkus Reviews said of this work, "Through broad sweeps of narrative going back and forward in time, Tolan's sensitively told, eminently fair-minded narrative closes with a return to that lemon tree and its promise of reconciliation. Humane and literate--and rather daring in suggesting that the future of the Middle East not be violent."
  uufnn | Jun 20, 2017 |
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For the children, Arab and Jew, between the river and the sea. And for Lamis, who brought me into the story.
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The young arab man approached a mirror in the washroom of Israel's West Jerusalem bus station.
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Based on a 43-minute radio documentary that Tolan produced for "Fresh Air," this volume pursues the story into the homes and histories of the two families at its center through the present day. Their stories form a personal microcosm of the last 70 years of Israeli-Palestinian history.… (more)

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