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A Summer Book Club: The Lemon Tree, S2

with Bill Taylor

Class Description

I can’t describe The Lemon Tree any better than the publisher did on the back cover of this non-fiction book: “In 1967 Bashir Khairi, a 25-year-old Palestinian, journeyed [from the West Bank] to Israel with the goal of seeing the beloved stone house with the lemon tree behind it that he and his family had fled 19 years earlier [during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War]. To his surprise, when he found the house, he was greeted by Dalia Eshkenazi Landau, a 19-year-old Israeli college student, whose family left Europe for Israel following the Holocaust. On the step of their shared home, Dalia and Bashir began a rare friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and tested over the next half-century that neither could have imagined on that summer day in 1967. Sandy Tolan brings the Israeli-Palestinian conflict down to its most human level, demonstrating that even amid the bleakest political realities there exist stories of hope and transformation.” I’ll add one comment: The author does an amazing job of helping the reader understand both the Israeli and Palestinian perceptions of their shared history and its impact on them. For the first class we’ll read chapters 1-9; for the second class, 10-14, plus the Afterword. While this book provides a useful foundation for the course, that I'll be offering in the fall, “A History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict,” the book is well worth reading independent of that. Thursdays, 7:00-8:15 PM, In Person *Class meets two evenings: 7/18 & 8/1 Class Limit: 35

  • Starts Jul 19
  • 20 US dollars
  • In Person

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Class Schedule

Cancellation Policy

Class fees will be refunded 100% if an instructor cancels class or a student drops before the first class.

Contact Details


3841 NE 123rd St, Seattle, WA, USA

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