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Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America and American in Iran

Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America and American in Iran (Paperback)

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As far back as she can remember, Azadeh Moaveni has felt at odds with her tangled identity as an Iranian-American. In suburban America, Azadeh lived in two worlds. At home, she was the daughter of the Iranian exile community, serving tea, clinging to tradition, and dreaming of Tehran. Outside, she was a California girl who practiced yoga and listened to Madonna. For years, she ignored the tense standoff between her two cultures. But college magnified the clash between Iran and America, and after graduating, she moved to Iran as a journalist. This is the story of her search for identity, between two cultures cleaved apart by a violent history. It is also the story of Iran, a restive land lost in the twilight of its revolution. Moaveni's homecoming falls in the heady days of the country's reform movement, when young people demonstrated in the streets and shouted for the Islamic regime to end. In these tumultuous times, she struggles to build a life in a dark country, wholly unlike the luminous, saffron and turquoise-tinted Iran of her imagination. As she leads us through the drug-soaked, underground parties of Tehran, into the hedonistic lives of young people desperate for change, Moaveni paints a rare portrait of Iran's rebellious next generation. The landscape of her Tehran , ski slopes, fashion shows, malls and cafes , is populated by a cast of young people whose exuberance and despair brings the modern reality of Iran to vivid life.

History & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450/1500History & PoliticsRegional & national historyMiddle Eastern history Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US Publication Date: 28/03/2006 ISBN-13: 9781586483784  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Azadeh Moaveni grew up in San Jose and studied politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She won a Fulbright fellowship to Egypt, and studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo. For three years she worked across the Middle East as a reporter for Time Magazine, before joining the Los Angeles Times to cover the war in Iraq. She lives in Beirut.

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This is a really lovely memoir that exactly captures what it is like to grow up in the Iranian diaspora. Would highly recommend for those who are looking to understand Iran, the pains of growing up in an immigrant community, or for those who have experienced it themselves. A fair amount of historical detail too for those who are interested in the historical side. Plenty of anecdotal evidence I suppose would be impossible to research apart from talking to someone who lives and works in the country themselves - the memoir gives quite an original stance. The writing style is not brilliant, but it is not bad either - at times, a little purple prosey, and altogether very journalistic. But all in all, it makes for a very fluent and interesting read.

- 24/12/2015
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