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The Lemon Tree

An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East

Tolan, Sandy

(Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Lemon Tree
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In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian twenty-five-year-old, 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 found the house he was greeted by Dalia Ashkenazi Landau, 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. Based on extensive research, and springing from his enormously resonant documentary that aired on NPR's Fresh Air in 1998, 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.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Pub. : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781596913431
1596913436
9781582343433
1582343438
Branch Call Number: 956.9405 T647L 2006
Characteristics: xiv, 362 p. :,maps ;,25 cm

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Join the discussion on Oct. 21, 2014. An award-winning story of two families, one Jewish and one Palestinian, who both had lived in the small stone house in Ramla, Israel, that had a lemon tree growing in the backyard. Tolan traces the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the perso... Read More »

Join the discussion on April 12, 2015. An award-winning story of two families, one Jewish and one Palestinian, who both had lived in the small stone house in Ramla, Israel, that had a lemon tree growing in the backyard. Tolan traces the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the pers... Read More »


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Very informative. Appeared to be an unbiased, very factual (nothing has been created for this book, all thoroughly researched - nearly half the book related to references) book. I valued the information I received from reading it.

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