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Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran

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Azadeh Moaveni, longtime Middle East correspondent for Time magazine, returns to Iran to cover the rise of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Living and working in Tehran, she finds a nation that openly yearns for freedom and contact with the West but whose economic grievances and nationalist spirit find an outlet in Ahmadinejad’s strident pronouncements. And then the unexpect ...more
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Published April 27th 2010 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2009)
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Meagan
Jan 23, 2009 Meagan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Honeymoon in Tehran is the kind of book I would encourage most Americans to read, especially since it provides so much insight into a country that so many Americans view as a dangerous enemy. Moaveni is an American journalist born to Iranian immigrant parents but who still feels a distinct connection to the land of her heritage. She worked for many years as a foreign correspondent for Time magazine, investigating everything from Iranian pop culture to politics to human rights issues. Her latest ...more
Sara
Feb 03, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a truly excellent memoir. If you’re looking for a memoir that details the struggles and censorship that modern Iranians (particularly women) are facing, it delivers. It is chock full of complicated patriotism, scathing social observations and balanced political commentary. But if contemporary romance is your thing, it has that too. The novel spans two years as President Ahmadinejad rises to power, and the author meets the love of her life. I won’t spoil the ridiculous and creative w ...more
Claire
Dec 30, 2008 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grownup-books, memoir
A first hand account of life among educated, middle-class in Tehran, Iran. I learned so much about Iranian points of view and many issues that I had misunderstood are made clear in this memoir. Set just as Ahmadinejad come into power and increases the repression of the Iranian Islamic regime. Politics, culture, family and profession collide with restrictions at every turn. This is a compelling and fascinating account of modern professional life in Tehran.
Rachel
An intriguing book that left me with mixed feelings. Azadeh Moaveni is an Iranian-born US journalist working for Time magazine in the Middle East. In 2005 she lives in Iran covering the elections and the unexpected rise to power of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Not a great deal happens in the book but she covers daily life in Iran, it's restrictions, politics and the difficulties of living under an oppressive Islamic regime. She herself seems somewhat conflicted in her views. At times she is na ...more
Louise
Mar 13, 2013 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, iran
This book tells the story of Ahmadinejad's first election and how the first years of his administration affected the daily lives of people and, specifically, this reporter.

Azadeh Moaveni takes you through the naiveté of reform minded voters who justified their sitting out the 2005 election since no one represented positive change. Little did they know that at the last minute a hard liner could be entered in stealth and would change the country and take away what little freedoms they had.

She show
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Lady L
Dec 31, 2010 Lady L rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: girls-love-these
I labored through this book but I did not want to NOT finish it. It had enough substance to keep my interest going despite the confusing religious philosophies and foreign names. When I chose to read "Honeymoon in Tehran," I didn't know what to expect. I definitely was not expecting a "chicklit." I knew that it will be part-secular/part-political. However, as much as Ms. Moaveni was able to paint a vivid picture of everyday life in Iran from an upper-middle class, Western and highly educated per ...more
Andrea
Jun 25, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personally I think that this book gives a very correct and complex account on present day Iran. I really liked how the author succeeded to maintain the balance between the positive and negative depiction of Iranian politics and society, which also made me realize how incredibly divided and antagonistic the everyday experience in Iran can be! While implementing the strictest clothing regulations to women, it allows (or better said doesn't take action against) alcohol consumption in underground ba ...more
Shahrzad
Two years life of an Iranian journalist who fell in love when she was visiting Iran. Got married and tried to build her life with her husband and son in her beloved country while continuing her job. But the structure of her life and the presuures imposed from a theocracy was not bearable and healthy type of living for her and her family. She had to leave Iran behind knowing that she might not find a place to live that provides her with perfect happiness or a place that she feels most welcome or ...more
Jack
Feb 24, 2009 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating portrait of life in Iran, just before the election of Ahmadinejad and during his Presidency. Although much of the criticism of Iran is present, from the role / dress of women in the public sphere to the government's crackdown on activists and journalists, there is nuance. Partial displays of openness with satellite TV, a lax enforcement of dress requirement at times and outdoor musical symphonies. Sometimes funny, sometimes menacing, it is life within the borders of a newly emboldene ...more
Diana Sung
Jul 05, 2016 Diana Sung rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a young mother who married abroad within the last 10 years, this look at intercultural complexities to falling in love and starting a family in alternate situations was very compelling. I learned a lot about the recent and past history of Iran while being reminded of the complexities of expatriate life. I enjoyed the narrative from a cultural perspective and some of the writing was very engaging, though sometimes it fell back into "news-reporter" voice.

What I love about Moaveni's book is her
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Diane
Aug 17, 2012 Diane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a snooze. A bad book club xhoice. I'm about 4/5s of the way through this book, and I'm still waiting for a storyline or a plot to develop. She talks about ridiculous obscure events and you think she must be mentioning this because it will culminate in something later in the book. That does not happen-she's just recounting something to fill space. (I'm guessing as it serves no other purpose.) I did learn that Iranians eat a lot of pickes as she mentions THIS about 5 or 6 times in the book. O ...more
Mindy
Dec 01, 2009 Mindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I really liked this book. I previously had no understanding of Iran and Iranian life outside of western media (which Ms. Moaveni is a part of, of course). Her take and understanding of the culture mingled with her own life struggles and changes gives a refreshing perspective on this country I otherwise knew little about. She has a sort of wry sense of humor about most things and despite what is probably a dangerous profession, she is constantly brave and questioning.

I kind of wish I had read Lip
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Heather
Jan 16, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honeymoon in Tehran is Azadeh Moaveni's distinguished memoir of her time spent living in Iran as a journalist and newly married mother. As an Iranian native of California and journalist for Time magazine, Moaveni spends her notable career reporting on the societal aspects of Iran, from it's controversial elections to trends in Iran's youth activist culture. When she returns to the country to begin reporting on Iran's 2005 presidential elections, she has no idea that she will soon begin living in ...more
Jonnie
Dec 30, 2012 Jonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I think the book lacked coherence. I also found the subtitle to be misleading. There may have been love, but there was no danger to her throughout the book. Sure, she had some minor scares and major hassles but living in a country with limited freedom what did she expect? Since she had worked frequently in Iran and had temporarily lived there before, there should have been no surprises for her on the censorship and intrusion into the daily life of Iranians. As a journalist, she should h ...more
Nancy
Jan 15, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Azadeh Moaveni, daughter of Iranian immigrants who raised her in Northern California, sheds an enticing perspective upon the years she determinedly spent as a young adult in the nation her own parents had abandoned decades earlier. Moaveni does not sugar coat the oppression and frustration imposed upon Iran's people--such factors eventually motivated her to leave the country along with her Iranian born husband and infant son. She does, however, reveal the moderate and sensible nature of many cit ...more
Sydney
This was a fantastic, fascinating book.
It got off to a bit of a slow start... I was a little overwhelmed by all of the information about Iran that the author included in her story, but all of this information was relevant. It quickly picked up and

Moaveni is a journalist by trade, which makes her a wonderful storyteller. I feel like I know so much more about Iran, a country that is growing increasingly important in world affairs.

This was a great mix of the inside workings of the government throu
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Kathy
Nov 15, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned alot reading this book, which covers the period 2005-2007, starting just before the election that brought in Ahmadinejad. Because the author is a journalist, her writing is complimented by opinions and interviews of many Iranians. It provides a good explanation of the backdrop to those elections, and how Ahmadinejad rose to power from such obscurity. She also describes well the subsequent descent into economic collapse and security clampdown.

I look forward to reading other books by Moa
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Laila (BigReadingLife)
Moavani is a wonderful writer. I'm especially interested in Iran as a subject, since my father emigrated from there in the 1960s. But even for someone with no ties to Iran, this is a fascinating read. It covers the two years she lived in Iran in the mid-2000s, meeting her future husband and having a baby. This was the time that Ahmejinidad became president, and she writes of the ensuing effects and crackdowns on the culture. Iran is such an interesting country, so unlike any other in the Middle ...more
Meri
Feb 28, 2009 Meri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite her relative youth, Moaveni writes with insight and understanding about Iran over the past few years. The book begins when Amadinejad is elected and follows the changes that happen in Iran over the following years. It is also an account of a young woman who was raised in the west dealing with getting married in Iran. Despite what one would think, the book is not a wholehearted condemnation of modern Iran, nor is she an apologist. What it does is capture, affectionately, the sentiments of ...more
Noémi Balási
It's probably a book I had never ever opened if I wouldn't have my dearest bookclub girls to draw (what draw? force!) my attention to it. The title is misleading you see, I'd reckoned some kind of chicklit which - through some romantic and heartbreaking story - would touch the Middle East & women question shallowly. You know, like the ones I used to enjoy so much as a teenager, but eventually grew immensely tired of.

But what a pleasant surprise it was. Not only it is a superb and ejoyable n
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Cristina
Aug 17, 2016 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questa differenza tra militanti religiosi e credenti normali dalla politica moderata, era la vera chiave per capire l'Iran...

Ogni Paese ha una minoranza radicale. Anche se è imperativo riconoscerla, non è attraverso quella minoranza che si possono comprendere le aspirazioni e la realtà dell'intero Paese. La vita, dopo tutto, non si vive agli estremi. È la vasta e sonnolenta via di mezzo che contiene le vere moltitudini. Era una verità che avevo raccolto dai romanzi dello scrittore ceco Milan Kun
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Talia
Mar 14, 2016 Talia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Azadeh Moaveni, an American-born journalist, visits Tehran around the time that Ahmadinejad is elected as president of Iran. She then falls in love, gets pregnant, and gets married, all with the oppressive yet beautiful Tehran as her backdrop. But as her life changes, Moaveni can't forget her creepy and controlling State Department handler, "Mr. X".

This was an interesting memoir. I will admit, my knowledge of Iran before listening to this was limited. I've read/seen "Persepolis", but that's anot
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Kirsten Nasserisina
"Honeymoon in Tehran"

I decided to get this book out of general curiosity, as well as to see if some of the author’s experiences paralleled with my own. As I've also traveled to Iran and got married there.

Upon reading, you'll immediately gain insight on the opinions and attitudes of the people of Iran.
You'll discover that the people there, are living two lives. One is a life of secrecy, often shrouded with lies. The other, is a life that is hidden from public, but portrays truth. After all, livin
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Alison
Aug 11, 2015 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to know one person's personal, inside look at what it's like to live in Iran post 2001, read this book. Mrs. Moaveni is a respected journalist and reports (reported) mainly for the Middle East. This is a behind the scenes look at how women are treated in Iran - the mistreatment for the tiniest infractions (from a Western perspective) of sleeves being too short, or material being too thin; from the groom having all the rights, what women can or cannot do while pregnant, what their doc ...more
Juanita Pryor
I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse into modern Iranian life. In addition to being a wealth of informational insight, I found Moaveni's thought process intellectually stimulating and found myself questioning similarly the influences in my own American upbringing. A combination of being a product of American based media influence and now living abroad in a politically Islamic country has forced me to examine my own religious and political biases.

As she ends her story having moved to London, I real
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jen8998
Mar 10, 2009 jen8998 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Azadeh Moaveni follows her first memoir with this book about her last two years in Iran. Significantly less hopeful than Lipstick Jihad, Moaveni chronicles a return of more repressive regime. She continues to work as a journalist despite inherent risks. An interesting theme in this book is her relationship with her government handler, Mr. X, who vets each of her stories prior to publication. Well worth reading as is her first effort.
Alessandra Azazella
Un libro non facile da leggere, denso di eventi, riflessioni e nozioni non sempre facile da digerire.
All'inizio la lettura non è scorrevole, motivo per cui ci ho messo un po' a finire, migliora certamente nella parte finale.
Mi hanno aiutato le conversazioni sull'Iran fatte con un mio amico iraniano che vive attualmente in Italia, che mi hanno fornito abbastanza background per comprendere la maggior parte delle dinamiche descritte; altri concetti e nozioni, invece, saranno un importante spunto d
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Carol Catinari
This was an interesting accounting of an Iranian American journalist who returns to Iran to live. She eventually marries. The book is a direct telling of her time there, and the many contrasts she encounters: between different segments of Iranian society (the religious, the modern and those in between; the Persian history carried by so many of the citizens and the effect it has on current regimes; life before and after the fall of the shah; life before and after each successive political change. ...more
Morgan Dhu
Mar 14, 2015 Morgan Dhu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Azadeh Moaveni, the American-born child of Iranian parents who settled in the US following the 1979 revolution in Iran, first visited Iran in 1998. In 2000, she returned to Iran as a journalist reporting on the elections for Time Magazine, and remained in the country for two years before settling in Beirut, where she continued to report on issues in the Middle East, visiting Iran on many occasions. In 2005 she published a memoir, Lipstick Jihad, in which she wrote about her life as an Iranian in ...more
Lauren
Jun 15, 2014 Lauren rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-nf
I don't get it. Such a badly written book by such a stupid woman. I was so frustrated with her rambling and complaining throughout and when she says that what her husband wrote in a book as a proposal to her was the most romantic thing she ever read, without telling us what he wrote, I almost stopped. But I have made a promise to get through every one of my book club's books and so I went on. There is never a good reason for her to live in this county that smells badly of 1984 and even the final ...more
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