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My Name Is Iran: A Memoir by Davar Ardalan
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My Name Is Iran: A Memoir

by Davar Ardalan

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Written by my next door neighbor and read by the neighborhood book group. This book has a unique perspective -- an American young girl goes to Iran when her Iranian parents decide to return to their roots, Here she learns the culture, the history (much of it within her well-positioned family), practices the customs, then rebels as a teenager, only to return to the US to other family members. Her early adulthood is marked by culture clashes. She attends college here, has two early marriages (and divorces) and four children, and struggles with her identity. Unable to return to Iran because of divorce, she is clearly conflicted. The book group concluded there was enough material in this one book to fill four or five other books. It is interesting but over-powering in its coverage. Davar's family is truly important in the history of Iran, but one book cannot hold everything. ( )
  stonelinda | Jul 24, 2008 |
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"Ardalan's testimony to the feminist spirit of the pioneering women in her family, and in the face of centuries-long strictures against the advancement of women, is a supreme achievement."--Publishers Weekly
 
Drawing on her remarkable personal history, Davar Ardalan brings us the lives of three generations of women and their ordeals with love, rejection, and revolution. Ardalan's Iranian American parents, who barely spoke Farsi, moved from San Francisco to rural Iran in 1964. After her parents' divorce, Ardalan briefly joined her father in Brookline, Massachusetts, then, however improbably, decided to move back to an Islamic Iran. When she arrived, she discovered a world she hardly recognized, and one which demanded a near-complete renunciation of the freedoms she experienced in the West. In time, she and her young family make the opposite migration and discover the difficulties, however paradoxical, inherent in living a free life in America.

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"Drawing on her remarkable personal history, NPR producer Davar Ardalan brings us the lives of three generations of women and their ordeals with love, rejection, and revolution. Her American grandmother's love affair with an Iranian physician took her from New York to Iran in 1931. Ardalan herself moved from San Francisco to rural Iran in 1964 with her Iranian American parents who barely spoke Farsi. After her parents' divorce, Ardalan joined her father in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he had gone to make a new life; however improbably, after high school, Ardalan decided to move back to an Islamic Iran. When she arrived, she discovered a world she hardly recognized, and one which demands a near-complete renunciation of the freedoms she experienced in the West. In time, she and her young family make the opposite migration and discover the difficulties, however paradoxical, inherent in living a free life in America.--From publisher description."--From source other than the Library of Congress.… (more)

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