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Coming Home to Jerusalem: A Personal Journey

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Coming Home to Jerusalem, Wendy Orange's story of her six years in Israel, is a vivid look at life behind the headlines, at the individuals who make up the fascinating and tumultuous place that is the contemporary Middle East. Orange and her family settled in Jerusalem in the early 1990s, and this is the story of her homecoming, the worlds she discovered, the people behind the politics, and the deep-seated ideas obscured by divisive ideologies.

Her sojourn brings her into contact with famous authors, obscure artists, Evangelical teachers, American-Israeli housewives, and citizens weary of the turbulent life Orange finds so fascinating. As a reporter for an American magazine, she travels to remote parts of Israel and into the Palestinian territories — adventures that give her a broader picture of the age-old conflicts that inform the opinions of peaceniks and young soldiers, downtrodden refugees and elite politicians, on both sides of the cultural divide. Her portraits illuminate, with stunning immediacy, everyday lives lived in extraordinary circumstances, and she recounts her experiences with candor, wit, and a keen eye for the cultural and political undercurrents of her adopted home.

About the Author

Wendy Orange was a clinical psychologist in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the director of a master's program in psychology in Burlington, Vermont. She made her first visit to Jerusalem, where she became a journalist, in 1991. She currently lives in New York City with her family.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue: In the Beginning

PART I. AMONG THE ISRAELIS

Chapter One Trains in the Distance

Chapter Two Into the Heart of Jerusalem

Chapter Three Joining the Tribe

Chapter Four What We Talk About in Israel

Chapter Five Initiation

PART II. AMONG THE PALESTINIANS

Chapter Six
Crossing Over the Green Line

Chapter Seven
Shifting Landscapes: Four Days in May

Chapter Eight
Today Is Not like Yesterday

PART III. AFTER THE HANDSHAKE

Chapter Nine
Scenes from an Uneasy Peace

Chapter Ten
Tomorrow and Tomorrow: Winter Vignettes

Chapter Eleven
After the Massacre

Chapter Twelve
Double Vision: Gaza in My Mind

Chapter Thirteen
Waiting for Arafat

Chapter Fourteen
A Happy Interlude: A Peace Accord

Chapter Fifteen
Placed, and Misplaced

PART IV. LOSING THAT WILD EARTH

Chapter Sixteen
My Mid-East Crisis

Chapter Seventeen
Rabin Is Dead

Chapter Eighteen
Black Dreams and Blood-Red Streets: Israel Under Siege

PART V. THE WORLD IS UPSIDE DOWN

Chapter Nineteen
Inside a Shipwreck: Scenes from an Israeli Election

Chapter Twenty
Sadness in Ramallah

Chapter Twenty-One
A Place Named Israel; a Place Named Palestine

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684869520
Author:
Orange, Wendy
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Middle East - Israel
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Travel-Middle East
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
July 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
308
Dimensions:
5.51x8.50x.69 in. .86 lbs.

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