August 15, 2008
Most of my book finds come through the lit-blogs or reading groups, but this past week I got one from the librarian at my local library. I stopped at the library in Shingletown, CA on Saturday to browse their sale books (they hold small sales once a month) and struck up a conversation with one of the librarians who noticed my book choices. She encouraged me to read:
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew and The Heart of the Middle East, by Sandy Tolan. Apparently Victoria Lindsay, an Amazon reviewer, also feels the book is worth a look. She writes: ‘Who has a heart large enough to contain compassion both for the longing for Zion, for sanctuary, for homeland, of the Jewish survivors who emigrated to the nascent Israel after WWII, and at the same time the longing for return, for justice, for homeland, of the Palestinians who were expelled from the homes they had occupied for generations to make room for what was to become Israel? Sandy Tolan, author of The Lemon Tree, has, and when you read this remarkable book your heart, too, will stretch until it is large enough to encompass the whole.‘ I’ve added this to my wish list.
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