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

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With a new afterword by the author, and a sneak preview of Sandy Tolan's new book, Children of the Stone

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.

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Sandy Tolan is the author of Me & Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-five Years Later. He has written extensively for magazines and newspapers, and has produced dozens of documentaries for National Public Radio and Public Radio International. He was a 1993 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and an I. F. Stone Fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches international reporting.
Published December 1, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 386 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, War, Cooking. Non-fiction

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When the Khairi family left al-Ramla, driven out in the Israeli War of Independence—a time Palestinians call Nakba, “the catastrophe”—a family of Bulgarian Jews took over the property, which, as far as they knew, had been “abandoned.” Drawing on interviews and oral histories, Tolan reconstructs t...

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Journalist Tolan (Me & Hank ) traces the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the parallel personal histories of Dalia and Bashir and their families—all refugees seeking a home.

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