Hi all,
The below info comes from Toronto author Jo Roberts, whose impressive bio on her publisher’s site reads: “Trained in her native England as a lawyer and anthropologist, Jo Roberts is now a freelance writer. For five years she was managing editor of the New York Catholic Worker newspaper, to which she frequently contributed. Her reportage from Israel and from the West Bank has appeared in Embassy, Canada’s foreign policy weekly. She lives in Toronto, Canada.”

Jo Roberts wrote:

Dear friends,

I’m so happy to tell you that my book is now available! You can order it from your local independent bookseller, or get it from Amazon.

In these days of turmoil in the publishing industry, authors have to do the lion’s share of getting word out about their books; so please forward the info below to anyone you think might be interested!

With many thanks,


(Should you feel inspired to write (even a brief) review on Amazon.com and .ca, or on Goodreads, that would be wonderful!)

Now available from your local independent bookseller
or from Amazon.com or Amazon.ca
Israel’s Jews and Arabs and the Ghosts of Catastrophe
by Jo Roberts
“In this moving, lyrical, and very important book, with some of the bravest and most honest of Israelis and Palestinians as guides, Roberts offers readers an intimate, often searing tour of the country’s psychological landscape.”
Professor Ian Lustick,
Bess W. Heyman chair of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania“This compelling and compassionate book offers fresh insight into how these divergent histories reverberate in Israel today, examining how selective memories of suffering that exclude the “other” impede reconciliation and a just peace.”
Mubarak Awad, founder, Palestinian Centre for the Study of Nonviolence

“[T]his nuanced, empathic, and knowledgeable book is an important read for supporters of [both Israelis and Palestinians], and for people seeking a book through which to enter the charged field of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
Hillel Cohen, Israeli historian and journalist

“[This] beautifully written book provides an essential perspective on a topic that could not be more urgent. . . [and] captures the voices of Jewish and Palestinian Israelis in all their diversity, pain, and eloquence.”
Professor Michael Rothberg, Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, & Memory Studies Initiative at the University of Illinois

1948: As Jewish refugees, survivors of the Holocaust, struggle towards the new State of Israel, Arab refugees are fleeing, many under duress. Sixty years later, the memory of trauma has shaped both peoples’ collective understanding of who they are.After a war, the victors write history. How was the story of the exiled Palestinians erased — from textbooks, maps, even the land? How do Jewish and Palestinian Israelis now engage with the histories of the Palestinian Nakba (“Catastrophe”) and the Holocaust, and how do these echo through the political and physical landscapes of their country?

Vividly narrated, with extensive original interview material, Contested Land, Contested Memory examines how these tangled histories of suffering inform Jewish- and Palestinian-Israeli lives today, and frame Israel’s possibilities for peace.

More information at www.joroberts.org