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To See and See Again: A Life in Iran and America

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A compelling and intimate exploration of the complexity of a bicultural immigrant experience, To See and See Again traces three generations of an Iranian (and Iranian-American) family undergoing a century of change--from the author's grandfather, a feudal lord with two wives; to her father, a freespirited architect who marries an American pop singer; to Bahrampour herself,...more
Paperback, 357 pages
Published August 29th 2000 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 1999)
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Written by a woman that I went to high school with at Palo Alto High School. Funny that during high school, neither of us really talked or connected about the fact that we shared this Iranian history but I just figured that she was another Iranian that was born here and was not in touch with her Iranian roots the way I was having grown up there. Well written and interesting how she seeks to connect to her roots and culture similar to the journey that I took right out of college.
May 21, 2007 Zohra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I love Tara! The book is a great way to demystify the "Not Without My Daughter" type work out there. Its the story of an Iranian man married to an American mother through the eyes of their beautiful daughter. Tara also writes for the Washington Post is a pretty kick ass woman.
Just before I turned twelve, my family drove to Oregon to outrun the spring. Every time it looked like we were going to stay in one town, the weather would warm up and my father would pluck us out of the life we were considering and swing us back north on the highway. I think that deep down he believed that acknowledging the change of seasons would mean admitting we were in America to stay.

Tara's father is Iranian and her mother is American. As a child, she lives in the U.S. for a time and then...more
This memoir is a combination of delighted recognition at the likeness of humans across time and space, and a sense of bittersweet comfort that, indeed, we all inevitably return to our beginnings, revisiting the same themes and patterns throughout our lives until only the simplest threads remain.

Bahrampour does a remarkable job communicating the universal through the personal. Her scope is both grand and minute: a revolution through the experience of one family, enveloping two complex places and...more
i love memoirs that provide insight into historical events. and i particularly loved this one because it was so honest and never resorted to political rhetoric or really taking sides. the author simply described her experiences living as a child under the rule of the shah, fleeing to the united states right before the revolution, and returning to post-revolutionary iran as an adult. her insights were so honest and all of her thoughts about the good and bad that came from the revolution really ca...more
it must have been terrifying to just have to leave your country for a strange country. And yet trying to deny the fact that you are stuck there possibly forever. i don't think i could of done that when i was twelve. however much i would of liked the traveling bit there would still be the fact that you could never go home again. and on top of that is the fact that her parents seem to be freaking out also and moving around to trying to deny something must have been crushing. The strong people who...more
Beautiful, thoughtful and poignant memoir of a young half-Iranian, half-American book. Bahrampour lived first in America, then several years in Iran, leaving in 1979, then returning sixteen years later for a visit and for reflection on her place--does she belong in Iran or America? Or neither place? She loves the family-centeredness, the rootedness of life in Iran, but is less sure about Islamic rules for women. She loves the freedom of America, but knows she is missing something her relatives t...more

I have not read " Reading Lolita in Tehran" but I do know that Ms. Bahrampour writes a beautiful authentic story. I read it first and passed it onto my friend who lived his first 18 years in Iran. He said it is what life is like there.

This book does not focus on the oppression of women but of the beauty of the culture. It also paints a clear picture of what it is like for those who immigrate to the US.
A beautiful memoir!!! Tara Bahrampour takes the reader into a unique world where her cultural lines aren't the only ones that begin to blur. The joys and trials of childhood and teenage angst, love and fear, family & destiny all play out against a cultural fabric so rich and colorful, that the reader is left feeling nothing less than blessed to have taken the journey.
Liza Rosenberg
I love Tara Bahrampour's account of moving between the two societies. She's around my age, so all the American pop culture references resonate with me, and I've developed a great affinity for Persian culture since my husband is Persian. Her writing is excellent, and her attention to detail allows you to clearly envision the settings she describes.
Joanne Sperans
Aug 02, 2008 Joanne Sperans rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Joanne by: Karen Alexander
This was written by a friend's daughter. With an Iranian father and an American mother, she grew up in both countries. When the Shah fell, her family had to leave Iran and the idyllic childhood she had led there. Years later she went back as a young woman, and the story of her discoveries is beautiful and fascinating.
Lesser-known, but very, very good, memoir by an Iranian American woman. I read it in college, and saw a lot of myself in it, so I'm probably a bit biased. But I think this would be enjoyable even if you weren't an Iranian girl!
Apr 16, 2007 teresa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
This is my favorite book. The imagery puts you in the time and place, and made me nostalgic for another time and place.
Of all the books written by the Iranian diaspora, this one is probably my favorite. (Well, this and Funny in Farsi.)
Interesting insight into being both Iranian and American living in Iran and America.
Yesha Naik
Hands down the favorit book I was ever assigned to read for a class.

Thanks, Elmaz!
If you are interested in Persian Culture.
Met the author - wonderful book
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