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Donia Bijan

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Donia Bijan graduated from UC Berkeley and Le Cordon Bleu. After presiding over many of San Francisco's acclaimed restaurants and earning awards for her French-inspired cuisine, in 1994 she opened her own restaurant, L'amie Donia, in Palo Alto. She now divides her days between raising her son, teaching, and writing."

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The Last Days of Café Leila

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The Last Days of Café Leila by Donia Bijan
"I orgianlly read this book because I found it at my favorite bookstore, Oxford Exchange and was immediately intrigued by the memo in the dust jacket. I expected this book to be a family drama but as I delved farther into I was pleasantly surprised..." Read more of this review »
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"Moving. Traces the family history around Café Leila with grace. I would gladly have spent many more hours reading about Noor and her family."
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"An honest inside look at life in Tehran Iran, spun around a beautiful story."
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“People stagger, but they pick up a tattered thread and wind it back onto a spool.”
Donia Bijan, Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

“It turns out, I don't need to forget to move on.”
Donia Bijan, Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

“It’s the same everywhere, she thought, they’re small and they live with you and you’re in love with them and they move away and a slightly bigger version of them moves in. Then you fall in love again, only to watch that little person leave, and yet a slightly taller, more agile version, who still fits in the toddler bed, but just barely, arrives and there you go again, head over heels. Another birthday will come and this one, too, will go, pigtails and all, and so on, until your heart could burst. You see them turn two, then three and four and you miss that tiny newborn who smelled like milk, the one-year-old who teeter-tottered, and how sweet was that two-year-old who would not let go of your hand, and do you remember running alongside her bicycle at five? Where did she go? Noor”
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