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Sandy Tolan Talks 'Lemon Tree'

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November 29, 2012

Sandy Tolan, author of The Lemon Tree: an Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East discussed his book and shed light on the  Palestinian/Israeli conflict in the Horace Mann Auditorium as part of the One Book One Community (OBOC) program.

Lemon Tree focuses on Bashir Al-Khayri, a 25-year-old Palestinian man who journeys to Israel in the 1960s to see his old house, with the lemon tree behind it, which his family had fled 19 years earlier. Living there now is Dalia Ashkenazi Landau, a 19-year-old Israeli college student whose family fled Europe for Israel after the Holocaust. The two forge a friendship that lasts decades. The book springs from his radio documentary that aired on NPR's Fresh Air in 1998.

Each semester, OBOC chooses one book for BSU and the Bridgewater and Raynham communities to read together. They host relevant events throughout the semester, culminating with a visit from the author. As an added bonus, Mr. Tolan also signed his books after the talk.

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Sandy Tolan (left photo) delivers his talk and (right photo) signs his book for a student