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Iran: Memoir
Women tell their stories of life in Iran.
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Title: Things I’ve Been Silent About: A Memoir in Moments
Author: Azar, Nafisi
Publisher: Random House (2008)
ISBN: 9781400063611
Notes: A portrait of her childhood in Iran, Azar Nafisi’s memoir centers around her powerful mother. She reflects on women’s choices and her struggle to free herself from her mother’s influence.

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Title: Camelia, Save Yourself by Telling the Truth: A Memoir of Iran
Author: Entekhabi-Fard, Camelia
Publisher: Seven Stories Press (2007)
ISBN: 9781583227190
Notes: After bold coverage of current affairs for reformist newspapers, journalist Camelia Entekhabi-Fard is sent to prison. The surreal experience, along with her childhood during the revolution and desire to contribute to Iran’s intellectual life, is captured in her memoir.

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Title: A Mirror Garden: A Memoir
Author: Farmanfarmaian, Monir Shahroudy
Publisher: Knopf (2007)
ISBN: 0307266133
Notes: Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian recounts her inspiring life as an artist, a wife, a mother, a collector, and an Iranian.

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Title: Wedding Song
Author: Goldin, Farideh
Publisher: Brandeis University Press (2003)
ISBN: 1584654449
Notes: Recalling Jewish life in Iran before the Revolution—a world that is mostly non-existent now—Farideh Goldin’s memoir leads up to the overthrow of the Shah and the hostile behavior of Islamic neighbors.

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Title: The Blindfold Horse: Memories of a Persian Childhood
Author: Guppy, Shusha
Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks (2004)
ISBN: 1850434018
Notes: Shusha Guppy recounts growing up in Iran during the Shah’s rule and recounts the customs and traditions that shaped her family’s life.

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Title: Journey From the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran
Author: Hakakian, Roya
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (2005)
ISBN: 0609810308
Notes: This lyrical coming-of-age story creates an intimate portrait of life in Tehran—the author's family and friends, her life at school, her observations of Iran's political life, and her longing to escape a sense of displacement from her home, culture, and language.

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Title: Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
Author: Nafisi, Azar
Publisher: Random House Trade (2008)
ISBN: 0812979303
Notes: Every week for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, teacher Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. This extraordinary memoir is an exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.

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Title: Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir
Author: Nemat, Marina
Publisher: Free Press (2007)
ISBN: 1416537422
Notes: Marina Nemat recounts her life as a young girl during the early days of Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic Revolution in Iran and her arrest, torture, and sentencing to death for “political crimes.”

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Title: A Tale of Love and Darkness
Author: Oz, Amos
Publisher: Penguin (2006)
ISBN: 0151008787
Notes: Nahid Rachlin recounts being raised by a widow aunt in Iran, being oppressed by a domineering father and restrictive Muslim laws, and struggling with the difference between the cultures of her home and America.

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Title: Between Two Worlds: Escape From Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam
Author: Salbi, Zainab
Publisher: Gotham Books (2005)
ISBN: 1592401562
Notes: When Zainab Salbi was 11 years old, her father was chosen to serve as Saddam Hussein’s personal pilot, and as a result, her family was often forced to spend weekends with Hussein, whom she was taught to call “uncle.” Salbi offers readers a glimpse of life under a dictator and her eventual arranged marriage in America, which turned out to be another world of tyranny. Faced with many challenges, Salbi eventually became a champion of female victims of war and dedicates her life to speaking on behalf of oppressed women worldwide.

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Title: My Life as a Traitor
Author: Zarah, Ghahramani
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2008)
ISBN: 0374217300
Notes: Zarah Ghahramini describes growing up as an Iranian woman in a family who prized tolerance, her arrest for not keeping her head covered, the mental and physical torture she suffered in prison, and her eventual release and escape out of the country.