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

by Azadeh Moaveni - £8.99  The Perseus Books Group (2006)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781586483784 | ISBN 10: 1586483781

Azadeh Moaveni was born in Palo Alto, California, into an Iranian diaspora community longing for an Iran thousands of miles - and a revolution - away. As far back as she can remember, she felt uncomfortable with her tangled identity. College magnified the clash between Iran and America, and after graduating, Azadeh moved to Tehran as a journalist.
 
Immediately, her exile fantasies dissolved. Azadeh found a country that was culturally confused, politically deadlocked, and emotionally anguished. In Lipstick Jihad, she paints a rare portrait of Tehran, populated by a cast of young people whose exuberance and despair bring the modern reality of Iran to vivid life. Azadeh also reveals her private struggle to build a life in a dark country, wholly unlike the luminous, saffron-tinted Iran of her imagination. Hers is the story of a young woman of the diaspora, searching for a homeland that may not exist.

"Lipstick Jihad is a s hip as the promise of its title, insightful, smart and often profiundly moving... Moaveni writes stunningly well."
(Chicago Tribune)

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