One Book, Many Communities

One Book logo“One Book, Many Communities” draws inspiration from the “one book, one town” idea, wherein people in local communities come together to read and discuss a common book. Read below about our One Book campaigns over the years.


Minor Detail by Adania Shibli (2021): A Palestinian woman is determined to know more about a young Bedouin girl raped and killed by Israeli soldiers in 1949.

The Book of Disappearance by Ibtisam Azem (2020): Set in modern-day Jaffa, the story follows a Palestinian citizen of Israel and his friend, a Jewish Israeli, when a mass disappearance unfolds.

Code Name: Butterfly by Ahlam Bsharat (2018): This coming-of-age novel portrays life under occupation from the perspective of a 14-year-old girl

“Returning to Haifa” by Ghassan Kanafani (2017): Tells the story of a couple that was forced to flee Haifa in 1948 and is returning for the first time in 20 years.

Sharon and My Mother-in-Law by Suad Amiry (2016): Written with humor and insight about the realities of life under occupation.

Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa (2015): A sweeping, heart-wrenching historical saga about four generations of the Abulheja family.

The “One Book, Many Communities” logo is by Hilary Allison.