Book Club Discussion ‘The Lemon Tree’ July 16

| July 2, 2013
The Lemon Tree

The Lemon Tree profiles the struggles of two Middle Eastern families over 30 years, beginning with their meeting in 1967.

The next discussion of the Webster University Book Club takes onĀ The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by journalist Sandy Tolan.

Please join us July 16, noon, in the Library Conference Room as we discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through this very human-scale story. This event is free and open to the public.

Book summary from

In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian 25-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 19-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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