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My Name Is Iran A Memoir ➺ [Download] ➶ My Name Is Iran A Memoir By Davar Ardalan ➻ – A century of family tales from two beloved but divided homelands Iran and AmericaDrawing on her remarkable personal history NPR producer Davar Ardalan brings us the lives of three generations of women Is Iran PDF/EPUB ê A century of family tales from two beloved but divided homelands Iran and AmericaDrawing on her remarkable personal history NPR producer Davar Ardalan brings us the lives My Name eBook ´ 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 Name Is Iran PDF/EPUB é Iran in Ardalan herself moved from San Francsico to rural Iran in 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.

10 thoughts on “My Name Is Iran A Memoir

  1. Brian Griffith Brian Griffith says:

    Ardalan is almost spectacularly enthusiastic about the roots and destiny of her Iranian American family Her praise of grandparents or children is lavish and heartfelt and she has a journalist's eye for both drama and historical significance She maintains with some justification that her family tree has great importance in world history and her blend of Iranian and American cultures clearly holds enormous promise for the future

  2. Walker Lamond Walker Lamond says:

    A lovely exploration of Iranian history family and personal identity The story of the author's American grandmother and her journey to Iran is especially fascinating as is the author's first hand account of Iran during the revolution

  3. Colin Colin says:

    Nice memoir of a revered journalist and family friend Insightful to Persian culture the way reality and folklore intertwine and the tension between tradition and modernity Davar a pioneer really enjoyed reading

  4. Slygly Slygly says:

    My Name is Iran by Davar Ardalan is an astonishing and inspiring memoir of three generations of Iranian American women who wander repeatedly between the two countries and extremes of living sometimes becoming key players in Iranian politics and history The volume proves without a doubt that every daughter is destined to turn into her mother eventually This wasn't my usual sort of favorite book that keeps me up all night with sweaty palms and prevents me from eating on time but I was nonetheless blown away and grant it a whopping five starsThe memoir is so incredible at times that it is hard to believe it is non fiction It seemed as if every person in Ardalan's family could have become the focus of their own books; not a dud in the bunch There was one bummer of a chapter early on where Arladan waxes at length about her childhood travels nothing is so agonizing as listening about someone else's fabulous vacations but the rest of the book made up for itMost of all I loved this book because reading it felt like chatting with a friend over tea Ardalan is a journalist a senior producer at NPR and her style of writing is reminiscent of that; straightforward and no literary dodging And we both adore NPR of course Reading her casual references to NPR coworkers was like hearing about extended family such as Nina Totenberg who gently prods me out of my morning haze and Robert Siegel who is my daily dinner guestOne book leads inevitably to another I'm adding to my staggering to read list Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi Anyone out there have suggestions for in the genre to add?

  5. Colleen Clark Colleen Clark says:

    The author whose first name is Iran was born of Iranian parents in San Francisco in 1964 Her parents had been brought up in the US one of her grandmothers is an non Iranian American When she was still an infant her architect father took a job in an obscure town named Suleyman's Mosue in southwestern Iran much closer to Basra Ira than to Tehran A lot of the book is about the complicated history of her family She spent a lot of her early years going back and forth between the US and Iran and eventually had to choose whether she was going to live her life in Iran or in the US Eventually she settled in the Washington DC area and became a journalist with NPRI found her story very interesting perhaps partly because I lived in eastern Turkey in my early 20'sI see from the reviews that many readers did not like this book I did It certainly is relevant to religious and cultural issues facing our country and the world

  6. Fadillah Fadillah says:

    I was impressed how Davar managed to trace her lineal of both her grandparents in maternal and paternal side This book at first failed to attract my attention Iran has been one of my great interests among others I may not have been there yet but i always try finding a reading materials that associated with the country but to be honest this book would not be my first pick However i'm starting to get invested little by little when Davar start telling from her soul and shared her inner struggle in this book As most people would say learning never stop and thats exactly what Davar did She tried to make sense of where she belonged her sense of direction her vast culture and her expericence in reconnecting with her faith This is a good book if you are in the journey of soul searching and rediscovering yourself I'm glad i finished the book though the beginning of it is a bit slow Anyway 4 stars from me

  7. Jenny Hawley Jenny Hawley says:

    This was an interesting book but it wasn't the most engaging to read I have read a lot of non fiction and memoirs and some are just page turning than others This one was a little slow I felt a lot of it was just her style of writing It's very straight forward factual which of course is necessary in non fiction but it lacked some of the stylistic flair of other non fiction accounts I've read

  8. Katie Katie says:

    Davar Ardalan certainly has a uniue rich and complex family history I appreciated her candor about her journey to know herself and I enjoyed the windoe ino her cultural experiences and perspectives I was very interested in and impressed by her work with NPR She is a lovely person who I would enjoy meeting someday

  9. Lori Mendenhall Lori Mendenhall says:

    while I think this could have been a very interesting book I just didn't care about the author's family details very much I read the beginning and then started skimming through to the halfway point didn't read the end so maybe it got better in the middle anyway was disappointed in this one didn't grab me at all

  10. Lynette Hague Lynette Hague says:

    This is the first book I have read with insight into the history and culture of Iran My only previous experience with Iran was back in Jr High when we had to journal about the hostage crisis I did enjoy the later part of the book when the author was able to relate of the stories and impact of her great grandfather and his work

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