Iranian English Book Evaluation:Iranian Junior High school English Book Series (Right Path to English) Weighted against Material Evaluation Checklists Farhad Golpour
From one of Iran´s most acclaimed and controversial contemporary writers, his first novel to appear in English - a dazzlingly inventive work of fiction that opens a revelatory window onto what it´s like to live, to love, and to be an artist in today´s Iran.The novel entwines two equally powerful narratives. A writer named Shahriar - the author´s fictional alter ego - has struggled for years against the all-powerful censor at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Now, on the threshold of 50, tired of writing dark and bitter stories, he has come to realize that the ´´world around us has enough death and destruction and sorrow.´´ He sets out instead to write a bewitching love story, one set in present-day Iran. It may be his greatest challenge yet.Beautiful black-haired Sara and fiercely proud Dara fall in love in the dusty stacks of the library, where they pass secret messages to each other encoded in the pages of their favorite books. But Iran´s Campaign Against Social Corruption forbids their being alone together. Defying the state and their disapproving parents, they meet in secret amid the bustling streets, Internet cafés, and lush private gardens of Tehran.Yet writing freely of Sara and Dara´s encounters, their desires, would put Shahriar in as much peril as his lovers. Thus we read not just the scenes Shahriar has written but also the sentences and words he´s crossed out or merely imagined, knowing they can never be published.Laced with surprising humor and irony, at once provocative and deeply moving, Censoring an Iranian Love Story takes us unforgettably to the heart of one of the world´s most alluring yet least understood cultures. It is an ingenious, wholly original novel - a literary tour de force that is a triumph of art and spirit. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sunil Malhotra, Naila Azad. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001849/bk_rand_001849_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this poignant book, the writer and investigative journalist Katharine Quarmby describes the 20-year search for her Iranian birth father and her own adoption history. She links this narrative to the wider story that she uncovered during her search - of the many missing Iranian military fathers, who disappeared after the Iranian Revolution, but who are still sought by so many Iranian love-children in Britain today. Her narrative is a meditation on the importance of both birth and adoptive families - and a challenge to those who would set aside the importance of race as a factor in adoption. She describes what it feels like to search and discover your roots, in a moving story that takes her to Iran undercover, on a secret visit - a visit that changes her forever. The love of the parents who raised her gave her the courage to find her birth father. This is her tribute to both her families. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Polly Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018888/bk_adbl_018888_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the best-selling memoir Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas recounted her adventures growing up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she again mines her rich Persian heritage in Laughing Without an Accent, sharing stories both tender and humorous on being a citizen of the world, on her well-meaning family, and on amusing cultural conundrums, all told with insights into the universality of the human condition. (Hint: It may have to do with brushing and flossing daily.) With dry wit and a bold spirit, Dumas puts her own unique mark on the themes of family, community, and tradition. She braves the uncommon palate of her French-born husband and learns the nuances of having her book translated for Persian audiences. (The censors edit out all references to ham.) And along the way, she reconciles her beloved Iranian customs with her Western ideals. Explaining crossover cultural food fare, Dumas says, ´´The weirdest American culinary marriage is yams with melted marshmallows. I don´t know who thought of this Thanksgiving tradition, but I´m guessing a hyperactive, toothless three-year-old.´´ On Iranian wedding anniversaries: ´´It just initially seemed odd to celebrate the day that ´our families decided we should marry even though I had never met you, and frankly, it´s not working out so well.´´´ On trying to fit in with her American peers: ´´At the time, my father drove a Buick LeSabre, a fancy French word meaning ´OPEC thanks you.´´´ Dumas also documents her first year as a new mother, the familial chaos that ensues after she removes the television set from the house, the experience of taking 51 family members on a birthday cruise to Alaska, and a road trip to Iowa with an American once held hostage in Iran. Droll, moving, and relevant, Laughing Without an Accent shows how our differences can unite us - and provides indelible proof that Firoozeh Dumas is a humorist of the highest order. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Firoozeh Dumas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000632/bk_adbl_000632_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? Finalist for the PEN/USA Award in Creative Nonfiction, the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and the Audie Award in Biography/Memoir This Random House Reader´s Circle edition includes a reading group guide and a conversation between Firoozeh Dumas and Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner! ´´Remarkable . . . told with wry humor shorn of sentimentality . . . In the end, what sticks with the reader is an exuberant immigrant embrace of America.´´-San Francisco Chronicle In 1972, when she was seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her family moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving with no firsthand knowledge of this country beyond her father´s glowing memories of his graduate school years here. More family soon followed, and the clan has been here ever since. Funny in Farsi chronicles the American journey of Dumas´s wonderfully engaging family: her engineer father, a sweetly quixotic dreamer who first sought riches on Bowling for Dollars and in Las Vegas, and later lost his job during the Iranian revolution; her elegant mother, who never fully mastered English (nor cared to); her uncle, who combated the effects of American fast food with an army of miraculous American weight-loss gadgets; and Firoozeh herself, who as a girl changed her name to Julie, and who encountered a second wave of culture shock when she met and married a Frenchman, becoming part of a one-couple melting pot. In a series of deftly drawn scenes, we watch the family grapple with American English (hot dogs and hush puppies?-a complete mystery), American traditions (Thanksgiving turkey?-an even greater mystery, since it tastes like nothing), and American culture (Firoozeh´s parents laugh uproariously at Bob Hope on television, although they don´t get the jokes even when she translates them into Farsi). Above all, this is an unforgettable story of identity, discovery, and the power of family love. It is a book that will leave us all laughing-without an accent. Praise for Funny in Farsi ´´Heartfelt and hilarious-in any language.´´-Glamour ´´A joyful success.´´-Newsday ´´What´s charming beyond the humor of this memoir is that it remains affectionate even in the weakest, most tenuous moments for the culture. It´s the brilliance of true sophistication at work.´´-Los Angeles Times Book Review ´´Often hilarious, always interesting . . . Like the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, this book describes with humor the intersection and overlapping of two cultures.´´-The Providence Journal ´´A humorous and introspective chronicle of a life filled with love-of family, country, and heritage.´´-Jimmy Carter ´´Delightfully refreshing.´´-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ´´[Funny in Farsi] brings us closer to discovering what it means to be an American.´´-San Jose Mercury News
On April 29, 1980, British police assured Iran that their embassy was secure. The very next day, terrorists stormed the embassy and took 26 hostages. With the Iranian government willing to let the hostages become martyrs, and the British government only willing to talk if the terrorists surrendered, 26 lives hung in the balance. What followed was six days of tension and terror. It was finally ended when the SAS launched a daring rescue mission, broadcast live on television. Millions held their breath, waiting to see the outcome of Operation Nimrod. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phillip J Mather. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/043418/bk_acx0_043418_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Over the past 30 years, while the United States has turned either a blind or dismissive eye, Iran has emerged as a nation every bit as capable of altering America´s destiny as traditional superpowers Russia and China. Indeed, one of this audiobook´s central arguments is that, in some ways, Iran´s grip on America´s future is even tighter. As ex-CIA operative Robert Baer masterfully shows, Iran has maneuvered itself into the elite superpower ranks by exploiting America´s false perceptions of what Iran is - by letting us believe it is a country run by scowling religious fanatics, too preoccupied with theocratic jostling and terrorist agendas to strengthen its political and economic foundations.The reality is much more frightening - and yet contained in the potential catastrophe is an implicit political response that, if we´re bold enough to adopt it, could avert disaster.Baer´s on-the-ground sleuthing and interviews with key Middle East players - everyone from an Iranian ayatollah to the king of Bahrain to the head of Israel´s internal security - paint a picture of the centuries-old Shia nation that is starkly the opposite of the one normally drawn. For example, Iran´s hate-spouting President Ahmadinejad is by no means the true spokesman for Iranian foreign policy, nor is Iran making it the highest priority to become a nuclear player. Even so, Baer has discovered that Iran is currently engaged in a soft takeover of the Middle East, that the proxy method of war-making and co-option it perfected with Hezbollah in Lebanon is being exported throughout the region, that Iran now controls a significant portion of Iraq, that it is extending its influence over Jordan and Egypt, that the Arab Emirates and other Gulf States are being pulled into its sphere, and that it will shortly have a firm hold on the world´s oil spigot.By mixing anecdotes with information gleaned from clandestine sources, Baer superbly demonstrates that Iran, far fro 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ted Barker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001545/bk_rand_001545_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How does a cruel dominatrix with black hair, transform into a panting submissive with black hair? By meeting the right man, of course! This erotic short story of a nerd subduing a dominatrix will seduce you. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Trevor Clinger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/093215/bk_acx0_093215_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.