Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths
A popular history by the author of A History of God. Armstrong tackles big subjects – and this book is no exception. It’s a comprehensive, concise portrait of the city over the last 5,000 years.
In the Land of Israel
In this compelling volume, Israeli novelist Amos Oz interviewed dozens of his fellow countrymen from all walks of life. A passionate, candid and diverse portrait of a people and their hopes, fears and prejudices.
My Promised Land, The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
Israeli journalist and New Yorker contributor Ari Shavit delves into the history of Israel, its founding pioneers, his own family and, critically, Israel’s legacy of occupation, which he puts at the center of this penetrating memoir.
Eyewitness Guide Jerusalem: Israel, Petra & Sinai
This compact illustrated guide provides a thorough overview of Israel and western Jordan, including Petra, Wadi Rum and Amman.
Freytag & Berndt
Israel, Palestine, Holy Land Map
A double-sided, indexed map at a scale of 1:150,000.
Kristine K. Kershul
Hebrew, A Language Map
This durable, foldout card gives easy phonetic pronunciation for several hundred of the most commonly-needed words and phrases.
Sami Tamimi, Yotam Ottolenghi
Jerusalem, A Cookbook
Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi return to the city of their youth in this remarkable culinary tribute, including traditional age-old dishes, inspired modern recipes, tales of childhood and essays on the flavors and complexity of Jerusalem. With evocative photographs and 120 recipes that you’ll want to try.
Judaism, A Very Short Introduction
Succinctly sketching the history, religious traditions and practice of Judaism.
From Beirut to Jerusalem
An illuminating and heartfelt exploration of the complex Middle East. Pulitzer Prize-winner Friedman provides a personal and a scholarly perspective on the roots of the conflict.
Israel, A History
Beginning in 1881 with the emergence of the Zionist movement, eminent Israeli historian Anita Shapira chronicles Israel’s history through its nation-building in the ’50s and ’60s to years of stalemate and hope in the late 20th century.
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Jerusalem, The Biography
Montefiore’s masterful history of the Holy City focuses on the struggle between the Abrahamic religions and the place of prophets and patriarchs – including Abraham, David, Jesus and Muhammad – with grace and balance, tracing the story of Jerusalem through the lives of men and women.
Petra and the Lost Kingdom of the Nabataeans
Petra’s history from the Stone Age to the Nabataeans (who constructed the city) through the Crusades is documented with 150 full-color photographs.
Amos Oz, Mitza Ben-Dov (Editor)
The Amos Oz Reader
This choice anthology includes excerpts from Oz’s celebrated novels and nonfiction.
Colorful and compelling, this sharp-eyed portrait captures the diversity of modern Israel with humor and authority. 60th anniversary edition.
The Story of Israel
Gilbert’s balanced, authoritative and well-illustrated survey includes historic documents, posters, letters and memorabilia. Starting with the First Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897, Gilbert charts the history of the Jewish state up to the present.
The Story of the Jews
A marvelously readable, far-reaching chronicle of three thousand years of Jewish history.
Jerusalem, City of Longing
Goldhill shows the layered, multi-religious history of the city through its architecture, organizing his exhilarating guide into a series of seven walking tours (each with map).
A Tale of Love and Darkness
A family saga and portrait, Oz writes of growing up in Jerusalem in the 1940s, his family’s origins and his life as a novelist and commentator. Big in scope, A Tale of Love and Darkness is, in part, the story of Israel and its people.
Helge Dascher (Translator), Guy Delisle
Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City
In the follow-up to his acclaimed The Burma Chronicles (BMA58), Delisle uses the graphic novel format to recount the time he spent in East Jerusalem during the Gaza War.
Marguerite van Geldermalsen
Married to a Bedouin
“Where you staying?” the Bedouin asked. “Why you not stay with me tonight – in my cave?” Thus begins the fascinating odyssey of a young nurse from New Zealand who would marry and raise her family among the community of 100 Bedouin families living in the ancient city of Petra.
Michael Gluzman (Editor)
Israel, A Traveler’s Literary Companion
Organized geographically, these 16 stories by celebrated contemporary writers including Amos Oz, A.B. Yehoshua and David Grossman reflect the cultural diversity of modern Israel.
To the End of the Land
Grossman’s haunting novel follows an Israeli mother as she walks across Israel to Galilee to avoid the “notifiers” who might arrive with news of her son’s death in a military offensive against the Palestinians.
Richard Porter, Simon Aspinall
Birds of the Middle East
An outstanding guide to 700 species of the birds in the region from the Arabian peninsula to Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Cyprus. Second edition.