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My Name Is Iran: A Memoir

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"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. Ardal
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 2007)
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Sep 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, turkey-me
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
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 stru ...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
Dec 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Lynette Hague
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 more of the stories and impact of her great grandfather and his work.
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.
Aug 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Taliya Ali
Nov 28, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ;)
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointing -- dropped it about 2/3 through, as I just didn't find it that interesting.
Introspective and honest, if not occasionally self-indulgent and flighty.
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mom - Joanne
Oct 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Jun 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iran
This was annoying--not very well written and disorganized.
Jul 09, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
B Ardalan
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Davar is my Friend and her book is amazing!
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.
Jan 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
love anything about Iran
Apr 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-east
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.
Howard Cincotta
Reading for feature article that will run on the State Department's Persian Web page.
May 29, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Save yourself--don't crack this binding!
a little hard to follow at times because she jumps around chronologically and focuses on different family members, but an interesting book for sure.
Michelle Fitzgerald
A great book which takes time to delve into the history of Iran for those not familiar.
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