September Book Discussion

The Lemon Tree, by Sandy Tolan.

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.

[Considering the current conflict with Israel and Pakistan, I thought it a good time to read this true story which we voted on in the past (see May's poll).  It is highly recommended by one of our most ardent members, so let's give it a vote of confidence.]

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  • Susan R.

    Fascinating story, albeit heartbreaking. It's the world we live in today. There are no easy answers (sometimes there just are NO answers), but at least there's dialogue. If these 2 countries could keep the dialogue open, perhaps there'd be peace. It was a magnificent dialogue among us at the cafe, anyway. This book wasn't easy to read, but it was worth getting to the end. We all learned a lot from it.

    September 9, 2014

  • Maureen D.

    Sorry I'm not going to make it tonight. My flight doesn't get in until 8:32pm. Great book. Would have loved to be there.

    September 8, 2014

  • patty

    Hi - Sounds like a great book! but I have a meeting that night. Thanks for organizing.

    September 4, 2014

  • Janice D.

    I didn't have a chance to read the book and I am otherwise engaged next Monday. Enjoy the discussion. Hope to join you in October.

    September 2, 2014

  • Jennifer Tullman F.

    Really enjoying The Lemon Tree!!

    August 31, 2014

  • Chrissy G.

    I am going to join the group for the October meeting. I teach and this is the first full week of school. Lots to do.

    August 20, 2014

  • Susan R.

    Does anyone have the book to lend so I don't have to buy it? Or perhaps you borrowed it from the library but already finished it? Hmm, maybe Strand or Housing Works have used copies for sale...

    August 17, 2014

  • Mary b.


    July 15, 2014

    • Susan R.

      Mary, that was fast! :))

      July 15, 2014

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