Noa Baum has written a penetrating, introspective memoir that mines the depths of the chasm between the Israeli and Palestinian experiences, the torment of family loss and conflict, and the therapy of storytelling as a cleansing art. You will not think in the same way at the end of this captivating book as you did at the beginning.
—David K. Shipler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land
A Land Twice Promised is more than a coming of age story; it is a coming to consciousness story by an Israeli woman who clearly loves her country. But because Noa Baum is a storyteller through and through, her love of country comes to be far more nuanced as she uncovers and starts to re-tell the story of her Palestinian friend. This beautifully written book helps us understand that truth is never black and white. Baum guides us though the shades of grey with love and wisdom.
— Rabbi Sid Schwarz, Senior Fellow, Clal: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and author of Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World
I couldn't put it down! This engaging book offers readers a riveting look into the back story, pivotal experiences, and creative process of a storytelling artist whose work sparks important political questions and encourages listeners' empathy for multiple points of view.
—Heather Forest PhD, Author and storyteller
A Land Twice Promised – An Israeli Woman's Quest for Peace is an extraordinary book. I hope it becomes a classic. It's beautifully written, funny, sad and mostly, it's powerful. If we could be as imaginative, compassionate and open as Noa Baum we would break down walls and find peace.
—Jay O'Callahan, Writer, Storyteller, NEA Recipient, commissioned by NASA
A Land Twice Promised is a real story of transformation. Of seeing the humanity in the other , and of realizing that we are destined to share this land otherwise we will just share more graves. For those who know little of Israel and its history, you will get a glimpse through the eyes of someone real, of just how complex life here is , of living through peace agreements which led to more bloodshed, of wars where no one won. But also of relationships that can be mended. I was left with a sense of hope.
—Robi Damelin, Spokesperson for International Relations, The Parents Circle- Families Forum
What makes a soulfully creative and compelling storyteller? I was struck by Noa Baum’s exceptionally well told journey. With her indomitable passion and spirit, she grows into womanhood in Israel, encompassing with exquisite compassion all the many forceful voices of her life.
—Hedy Schleifer, Director of Tikkun Learning Center
A memoir about coming of age emotionally and politically told as only a master storyteller could. Absolutely riveting!
—Ira P. Weiss, Ph.D., Jewish Islamic Dialogue Society
—Patricia Rantisi, Author of Miriam's Legacy and My Name Is Musa
Noa Baum is a masterful story-teller; and she has an important story to tell. Her message is an inspiration and a pathway to all who yearn for peace.
–Gerda Weissmann Klein, Holocaust Survivor and Author of All but My Life
If you’ve wondered what the Israeli-Palestine conflict looks like on the ground, this account of growing up within it and arriving at peacemaking, will take you into the heart of understanding.
—Loren Niemi, Storyteller/Poet