Get the New Arlington Public Library App for Apple/Android 

The lemon tree: an Arab, a Jew, and the heart of the Middle East

Book Cover
Average Rating
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions

The tale of a simple act of faith between two young people - one Israeli, one Palestinian - that symbolizes the hope for peace in the Middle East.

In 1967, not long after the Six-Day War, three young Arab men ventured into the town of Ramle, in what is now Jewish Israel. They were cousins, on a pilgrimage to see their childhood homes; their families had been driven out of Palestine nearly twenty years earlier. One cousin had a door slammed in his face, and another found his old house had been converted into a school. But the third, Bashir Al-Khairi, was met at the door by a young woman called Dalia, who invited them in.

This act of faith in the face of many years of animosity is the starting point for a true story of a remarkable relationship between two families, one Arab, one Jewish, amid the fraught modern history of the regio. In his childhood home, in the lemon tree his father planted in the backyard, Bashir sees dispossession and occupation; Dalia, who arrived as an infant in 1948 with her family from Bulgaria, sees hope for a people devastated by the Holocaust. As both are swept up in the fates of their people, and Bashir is jailed for his alleged part in a supermarket bombing, the friends do not speak for years. They finally reconcile and convert the house in Ramle into a day-care centre for Arab children of Israel, and a center for dialogue between Arabs and Jews. Now the dialogue they started seems more threatened than ever; the lemon tree died in 1998, and Bashir was jailed again, without charge.

The Lemon Tree grew out of a forty-three minute radio documentary that Sandy Tolan produced for Fresh Air. With this book, he pursues the story into the homes and histories of the two families at its center, and up to the present day. Their stories form a personal microcosm of the last seventy years of Israeli-Palestinian history. In a region that seems ever more divided, The Lemon Tree is a reminder of all that is at stake, and of all that is still possible.

More Details
Also in this Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 88169592-9b48-e044-0cf7-b59f0d9a3b62
full_title lemon tree an arab a jew and the heart of the middle east
author tolan sandy
grouping_category book
lastUpdate 2017-04-28 10:39:43AM

Solr Details

_version_ 1565933364993589248
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Tolan, Sandy.
author-letter Tolan, Sandy.
author_additional Sandy Tolan.
author_display Tolan, Sandy
availability_toggle_arlington Available Now, Entire Collection
available_at_arlington Aurora Hills, Central, Westover
callnumber_sort_arlington Online OverDrive
collection_arlington Adult Nonfiction
date_added 2011-01-26T05:00:00Z
days_since_added 2284
detailed_location_arlington Aurora Hills Adult Nonfiction, Central Adult Nonfiction, Cherrydale Adult Nonfiction, Columbia Pike Adult Nonfiction, Shirlington Adult Nonfiction, Westover Adult Nonfiction

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. With a new introduction by the author. 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. Praise for The Lemon Tree: "No novel could be more compelling...This book... will haunt you long after you put it down. And it will certainly be one of the best works of nonfiction that you will read this year."-Christian Science Monitor "A graceful, compassionate and unmuddied presentation of Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lives of an Arab and a Jew, strangers who forge a connection and a reconciliation while never veering from their passionate desires for a homeland."-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Quite simply the most important book I've read f The tale of a simple act of faith between two young people - one Israeli, one Palestinian - that symbolizes the hope for peace in the Middle East.

econtent_device Android, BlackBerry, Kindle, Kindle Fire, Mac, Windows, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch
econtent_protection_type_arlington Limited Access
econtent_source_arlington OverDrive
format_arlington Book, eBook
format_boost 20
format_category_arlington Books, eBook
genre Non Fiction
genre_facet Non Fiction
grouping_category book
id 88169592-9b48-e044-0cf7-b59f0d9a3b62
isbn 9781582343433, 9781596913431, 9781596919228
item_details ils:.b13185020|.i1253061x|Cherrydale Adult Nonfiction|956.9405 TOLAN|||1|false|false|||||In Transit|Apr 26, 2017|han||, ils:.b13185020|.i12530621|Shirlington Adult Nonfiction|956.9405 TOLAN|||1|false|false|||||Due May 2, 2017|Oct 18, 2016|san||, ils:.b13185020|.i1751907x|Aurora Hills Adult Nonfiction|956.9405 TOLAN|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Mar 13, 2017|aan||, ils:.b13185020|.i17519081|Central Adult Nonfiction|956.9405 TOLAN|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Apr 25, 2017|can||, ils:.b13185020|.i1751910x|Columbia Pike Adult Nonfiction|956.9405 TOLAN|||1|false|false|||||In Transit|Apr 27, 2017|oan||, ils:.b13185020|.i17519111|Westover Adult Nonfiction|956.9405 TOLAN|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Apr 01, 2017|wan||, ils:.b13185020|.i2122609x|Central Adult Nonfiction|956.9405 TOLAN|||1|false|false|||||In Processing||can||, overdrive:9b53d211-70c7-4bba-9943-6a29fa9b3d2f|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,OverDrive Read,Kindle Book|Checked Out||||
itype_arlington , Hardback, Paperback
language English
language_boost 10
language_boost_es 1
lexile_score -1
lib_boost_arlington 50
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington 956.9405 TOLAN, Online OverDrive
local_callnumber_exact_arlington 956.9405 TOLAN, Online OverDrive
local_callnumber_left_arlington 956.9405 TOLAN, Online OverDrive
local_days_since_added_arlington 2284
num_holdings 8
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover
owning_location_arlington Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Shirlington, Westover
physical xiv, 362 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
popularity 58
primary_isbn 9781582343433
publishDate 2006, 2008
publishDateSort 2006
publisher Bloomsbury Pub. :, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers,
rating 2.5
rating_facet oneStar, twoStar
record_details ils:.b13185020|Book|Books||English|Bloomsbury Pub. :|2006.|xiv, 362 p. : maps ; 25 cm., overdrive:9b53d211-70c7-4bba-9943-6a29fa9b3d2f|eBook|eBook||English|Bloomsbury Publishing Plc|2008|
recordtype grouped_work
scope_has_related_records a, arlington, c, d, g, h, o, p, s, u, v, w
scoping_details_arlington ils:.b13185020|.i1253061x|In Transit|In Transit|false|false|true|false|false|true|999||, ils:.b13185020|.i12530621|Checked Out|Checked Out|false|false|true|false|false|true|999||, ils:.b13185020|.i1751907x|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true|999||, ils:.b13185020|.i17519081|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true|999||, ils:.b13185020|.i1751910x|In Transit|In Transit|false|false|true|false|false|true|999||, ils:.b13185020|.i17519111|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true|999||, ils:.b13185020|.i2122609x|In Processing|In Processing|false|false|true|false|false|true|999||, overdrive:9b53d211-70c7-4bba-9943-6a29fa9b3d2f|-1|Checked Out|Checked Out|false|false|true|false|false|false|||
subject_facet Arab-Israeli conflict -- Biography, Israelis -- Biography, Palestinian Arabs -- Biography
target_audience Adult
target_audience_full Adult
title The lemon tree : an Arab, a Jew, and the heart of the Middle East
title_display The lemon tree : an Arab, a Jew, and the heart of the Middle East
title_full The Lemon Tree An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East, The lemon tree : an Arab, a Jew, and the heart of the Middle East / Sandy Tolan
title_short The lemon tree :
title_sort lemon tree an arab, a jew, and the heart of the middle east
title_sub an Arab, a Jew, and the heart of the Middle East
topic Nonfiction, Sociology
topic_facet Nonfiction, Sociology