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

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  194 ratings  ·  26 reviews
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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da AL
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Bahrampour offers a beautiful and very personal account of what it's like to be of two cultures, particularly when one of the countries is not so easy to visit. Between my parents, my husband, and me, there are four different countries -- this is no longer nearly as unusual as it was only a few years ago. This is an important and easily relatable story.
Aug 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Hands down the favorit book I was ever assigned to read for a class.

Thanks, Elmaz!
Susie Chocolate
Mar 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Written by a woman that I went to high school with in Northern California. Funny that during high school, neither of us really talked or connected over the fact that we both shared this Iranian history but I just figured that she was another Iranian that was born here in the U.S and was not in touch with her Iranian roots, the way I was, having grown up in Iran. A well written and interesting book about how the author seeks to connect to her Iranian roots and culture. I very much connected to th ...more
Rebecca Orton
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read the book, "To See and See Again: A Life in Iran and America" by Tara Bahrampour from April 29th to November 9th, 2017. I recognized one Farsi word, ta'arof, on page 274 in this book after learning about it from an Iranian friend less than a couple months before and reading some of the research paper, "Offers and Expressions of Thanks as Face Enhancing Acts: Ta'arof in Persian" by Sofia A. Koutlaki that can be found in the Journal of Pragmatics. It is a word meaning to give food and drink ...more
Zohra Star
May 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Jul 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Of all the books written by the Iranian diaspora, this one is probably my favorite. (Well, this and Funny in Farsi.)
Apr 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Kristen Dunder
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, beautiful account of a young woman born to an Iranian father and American mother, who lives part of her life in both Iran and the US. Both countries, at different times, have felt to her like home and at others like a strange land, as in both her family feels welcome at times, and outsiders at others. This is a personal account of the Iranian Revolution, in which change in the country's leadership determined a dramatic shift in an entire culture and way of life.
Jul 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing

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.
Joanne Sperans
Aug 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Jun 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Met the author - wonderful book
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting story of life in both Iran and the US - good sense of what it means to be part of a large Iranian family - felt a bit like the family from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". Worth the read.
Jodi Geever
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
DNF. Interesting, but it was an inter-library loan that is now long overdue. :(
Dec 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
May 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: schooldaze
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
I decided to read this book as part of my 2015 reading challenge. It is literally "A Book at the Bottom of My To-Read List." I opened my Goodreads "to read" shelf and picked the book that had been there the longest.

This memoir tells the author's story of growing up in both Iran and the United States. Her father is Iranian and her mother is American so she wrote a lot about the struggles of never fully belonging either place, but each culture forming her identity. She also lived in Iran in the b
Jeff Learned
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, history
This is basically one woman's account of her feelings about being a half american/half Iranian. It spans her immediate family's history in Iran and America, as well as her extended family's history in Iran. The writer lived in Iran as a young girl, then moved with her family to america, then returned to Iran as a young adult.

There were brief pockets of interesting information, but the book was so detailed about her day to day life from childhood to adulthood that it was ploddingly slow. It also
Feb 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
If you are interested in Persian Culture.
I have always loved the confluence of cultures you get as a first generation immigrant to another country.
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