Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.


Not Without My Daughter (1987)

by Betty Mahmoody, William Hoffer

Other authors: See the other authors section.

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,791289,381 (3.74)40
The true story of Betty Mahmoody's desperate struggle to survive and to escape with her daughter from the alien and frightening culture of Iran.

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 40 mentions

English (17)  Spanish (4)  Lithuanian (3)  French (2)  Catalan (1)  German (1)  All languages (28)
Showing 1-5 of 17 (next | show all)
  archivomorero | May 21, 2023 |
"Taraf is the Iranian conversational custom of making polite but vacant offers.”

Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody

This was a really harrowing read. Reading it, I could not get over Betty's courage and how frightened and alone she must have felt. It's a page turner and is unputdownable.

I also liked very much how Betty detailed the kindness of the people involved in helping her. The actual escape itself is nail biting. I also saw this movie but did not care for it. The book is way more powerful.

I am glad Betty and her daughter made it out safely. This was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in Betty's story. ( )
  Thebeautifulsea | Aug 4, 2022 |
I was moved by the racism, sexism and nationalism portrayed in Betty Mahmoody's book. I had to wonder, given the timing of the publication, if there weren't hidden motives in the extremism of the anti Islamic "behavior" towards the United States. Certainly, any situation where a mother and daughter automatically lose their human rights just by crossing a border is extremely worrisome. I was left with much research to do about the actual data of Americans in Middle Eastern countries. A well written book. ( )
  Windyone1 | May 10, 2022 |
Interesting read, but gives a pretty much American-biased view on the Iranian society. Of course, it's a story which happened almost 20 years ago, and the author went through a terrible time (it's a true story) which might explain it somehow.

Very catchy story however. ( )
  bbbart | May 30, 2015 |
Travel read, a compelling story of course, but saturated with facile and gooey patriotism, and padded with too many repetitive incidents; ghost written by the Midnight Express guy too, so you have to wonder... ( )
  CSRodgers | May 3, 2014 |
Showing 1-5 of 17 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (49 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Betty Mahmoodyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hoffer, Williammain authorall editionsconfirmed
Aschim, RagnarOvers.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cuny, Marie-ThérèseTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dellaporta, PenelopeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tandori, DezsőTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vlek, RonaldTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
This book is dedicated to the memory of my father, Harold Lover.
First words
My daughter dozed in her seat next to the window of a British Airways jetliner, her red-brown curls encircling her face, tumbling haphazardly below her shoulders.
Last words
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Canonical LCC

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

The true story of Betty Mahmoody's desperate struggle to survive and to escape with her daughter from the alien and frightening culture of Iran.

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Current Discussions


Popular covers

Quick Links


Average: (3.74)
0.5 4
1 9
1.5 2
2 17
2.5 4
3 97
3.5 11
4 128
4.5 6
5 91

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 201,853,497 books! | Top bar: Always visible