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My Name Is Iran: A Memoir

3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  165 ratings  ·  25 reviews
"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. Arda
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 2007)
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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 nonethe ...more
Colleen Clark
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 Mosque in southwestern Iran, much closer to Basra, Iraq 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 Ir ...more
Jenny Hawley
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 more 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
Davar Ardalan certainly has a unique, 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!
Lori Mendenhall
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.
Taliya Ali
i read it till i reached the middle of it and the i've stopped.. it was really boring but i used to tell myself to continue reading maybe it will change and becomes interesting.. but unfortunately it became worse so i stopped.. dont waste ur time, read another book ;)
Her story is fascinating and she does an admirable job of sharing the beauty of Iran and Iranian culture. However, I lost interest several times throughout the book as her writing style became more of a recording of events than a personal memoir.
Interesting perspective about life in Iran, if you don't know much about Iran this is book can help you understand what normal life is like. I didn't care much for the author's writing style, it seemed a little self conscious to me.
If you want to think deeply about religion and see the other side, this is great. It helps to see inside the head of an Iranian-American and her division between Muslim and Christian faiths.
This is an insightful book on some of the events that took place through the eyes of someone that lived in Iran during the revolution. It also depicts her life here in the western culture.
a little hard to follow at times because she jumps around chronologically and focuses on different family members, but an interesting book for sure.
i was expecting a lot more from this book. while i love reading about iran, i found her style jumpy, and i lacked empathy for her and her family.
Couldn't finish. Well written...but needed a break from the memoir/autobiograpy rutt that I've been in so I doidn't finish it.
Mom - Joanne
Oct 06, 2007 Mom - Joanne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
The rich culture, intellect and beauty of Iran is a breath of fresh air in view of the scare news pushed in today's news.
Very disappointing -- dropped it about 2/3 through, as I just didn't find it that interesting.
Michelle Fitzgerald
A great book which takes time to delve into the history of Iran for those not familiar.
Wisteria Leigh
non-fiction,memoir,Iran,Iranian-American,Women radio producers,duo-country living
Howard Cincotta
Reading for feature article that will run on the State Department's Persian Web page.
Introspective and honest, if not occasionally self-indulgent and flighty.
Very interesting...being that I don't know very much about Iran.
This was annoying--not very well written and disorganized.
Davar is my Friend and her book is amazing!
Save yourself--don't crack this binding!
love anything about Iran
Jul 09, 2009 Tammy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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