The Desert and Cities Sing
Discovering Today's Israel
Lin Arison and Diana C. Stoll
Chronicle Books
September 20, 2016

Israel. The word conjures so many potent images, from the ancient stones of the desert in the South to the majestic green hills of the North. A vortex of ancient ritual and persistent strife. A land of challenge and abundance, solemnity and chutzpah. A spiritual homeplace. A country of creativity and enterprise. For many of us, the word invokes limited knowledge, dictated by front-page headlines that overshadow the country’s astonishing spirit, fully alive and moving quickly, with determination and joy, into the future.

A remarkable new project by Lin Arison and Diana C. Stoll, with photographs by Neil Folberg, delivers an experience of traveling through Israel that will surprise, delight, and inspire: THE DESERT AND CITIES SING: Discovering Today’s Israel, a multisensory treasure box that highlights a different aspect of Israel’s creative achievement and innovation. This all-encompassing experience of Israel includes four beautifully designed books; four DVDs, including the Academy Award-winning Strangers No More; a USB flash drive with animations; a limited-edition scarf by fashion designers Frau Blau; and twenty-five frame-able prints.

THE DESERT AND CITIES SING reveals the richness of a country many know only through front-page headlines: a forward-thinking place with many pockets of peace and cooperation—as well as fun, beauty, luxury, creativity, and enterprise.