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Sandy Tolan : The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East

Author: Sandy Tolan
Title: The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
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Published in: English
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Date: 2007-04-17
ISBN: 1596913436
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Weight: 0.9 pounds
Size: 1.03 x 5.55 x 8.24 inches
Edition: First Edition
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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.
Reviews: Robin (USA: MA) (2009/03/31):
This book is full of flavor and character.
I read this book while in the Middle East this past summer, and it was a good, in my opinion, unbiased, introduction to the conflict in Israel/Palestine, and opened my eyes up to future books.

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