Lipstick Jihad

Lipstick Jihad

A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America and American in Iran

Book - 2005
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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.
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, c2005.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781586481933
Branch Call Number: 305.4889 MOAVENI
Characteristics: xi, 249 pages ; 25 cm.


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Nov 17, 2014

The subject matter-the author's sojourn in Iran between the mid 1990s and the early 2000s- should have been interesting but I struggled to read more than half of this book. (I skipped through the rest).
The author is a journalist but I don't think her move sideways into writing a novel was successful.
There are long intellectual discourses and she goes into endless long drawn out details, eg nearly 3 pages over should she or shouldn't she wear a veil, or was it a headscarf, when she was going out one day. Yes, it was in context of ambivalent laws but by that stage I just didn't care.


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