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Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a stunning reminder of the human cost of war and political repression.

Persepolis 2
Marjane Satrapi
In 2003, Marjane Satrapi's comic-strip memoir, Persepolis, startled and captivated readers with its child's view of Iran's descent into fundamentalism, repression, and violence. This sequel presents the story of Marjane's reluctant return to her homeland after a self-imposed exile in Vienna. Her homecoming forces her to confront changes in both herself and the land of her birth.

The Namesake
Jhumpa Lahiri
This debut novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author is a sweeping Indian-American epic that spans several generations in the Ganguli family across 30 years. With the same deft touch she brought to Interpreter of Maladies, Lahiri addresses assimilation and generational differences while also painting a vivid family portrait.

Persian Girls
Nahid Rachlin
Nahid Rachlin grew up during the reign of the shah, Iran's most Westernized period, but even this era of supposed secular permissiveness could not protect her and her friends from the strict prescriptions of Muslim cultural laws. As she was learning to cope under a cruel, domineering father, she found solace and secret freedom in her friendship with Pari. Together, the two girls devoured banned books and carried on secret romances with American boys from across the river. But in time, their paths diverged irrevocably: Nahid narrowly avoided an arranged marriage and escaped to America. But Pari, an innocent who lived on Hollywood film fantasies, was forced to wed an abusive husband who virtually imprisoned her in her house. Her finale was as tragic as it was inevitable.

Caspian Rain
Gina B. Nahai
In the decade before the Islamic Revolution, Iran is a country on the brink of explosion. Twelve-year-old Yaas is born into an already divided family: Her father is the son of wealthy Iranian Jews who are integrated into the country’s upper-class, mostly Muslim elite; her mother was raised in the slums of South Tehran, one street away from the old Jewish ghetto. Yaas spends her childhood navigating the many layers of Iranian society. Her task becomes all the more critical when her father falls in love with a beautiful woman from a noble Muslim family. As her parents’ marriage begins to crumble and the country moves ever closer to revolution, Yaas is plagued by a mysterious and terrifying illness. But despite her ailment, when she learns that her father is about to abandon her and her mother - to immigrate to America with his mistress - Yaas is determined to save herself and her family.

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit
Lucette Lagnado
In vivid and graceful prose, Lucette Lagnado re-creates the majesty and cosmopolitan glamour of Cairo in the years between World War II and Gamal Abdel Nasser's rise to power. Her father, Leon, was a boulevardier who conducted business on the terrace of Shepheard's Hotel, and later, in the cozy, dark bar of the Nile Hilton, dressed in his signature white sharkskin suit. But with the fall of King Farouk and Nasser's nationalization of Egyptian industry, Leon and his family lose everything. As streets are renamed, neighborhoods of their fellow Jews disbanded, and the city purged of all foreign influence, the Lagnados, too, must make their escape. With all of their belongings packed into suitcases, Leon and his family depart for any land that will take them. The poverty and hardships they encounter in their flight from Cairo to Paris to New York are strikingly juxta-posed against the beauty and comforts of the lives they left behind.

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