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Taking cover : one girl's story of growing up during the Iranian Revolution

by Homayoonfar, Nioucha,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
Available (6)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Non-Fiction DS318.84.H66 A3 2019
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Teen Department - Teen Non-Fiction
Call Number  DS318.84.H66 A3 2019
Monroeville Public Library Teen Books Y 955.0542 HOMAYOONFAR
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Teen Books
Call Number  Y 955.0542 HOMAYOONFAR
Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Non-fiction J 955.054 HOMAYOONFAR
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-fiction
Call Number  J 955.054 HOMAYOONFAR
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Young Adult New Books YA 920 Hom
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Young Adult New Books
Call Number  YA 920 Hom
Oakmont Carnegie Library Young Adult Non-Fiction YA 920 HOM
Location  Oakmont Carnegie Library
Collection  Young Adult Non-Fiction
Call Number  YA 920 HOM
Wilkinsburg Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J 920 HOM BIOGRAPHY
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
Call Number  J 920 HOM BIOGRAPHY

This coming-of-age memoir, set during the Iranian Revolution, tells the story of a young girl who moves to Tehran from the U.S. and has to adjust to living in a new country, learning a new language, and starting a new school during one of the most turbulent periods in Iran's history. Includes a foreword from best-selling author Firoozeh Dumas.

This compelling true story of Nioucha Homayoonfar offers a window into an at-once familiar yet foreign culture. Religion classes are mandatory at her new school. Nioucha has to cover her head and wear robes. Her cousin is captured and tortured after he is caught trying to leave the country. And yet, in midst of so much change and challenge, Nioucha is still just a girl who listens to music and idolizes pop stars. But she has to be careful when Western music is banned and she cannot be seen in public together with her new boyfriend. Will she ever get used to this new way of life? Nioucha's story sheds light on the timely conversation about religious freedom, publishing in time for the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Franco-Iranian Homayoonfar's memoir focuses on her childhood, from ages 5 to 16 (1976-87), spent in Tehran. In episodic, themed chapters, she describes her early years at a French-Persian school where portraits of the Shah were replaced with those of Ayatollah Khomeini; vacation trips to the Caspian Sea, where western music was welcome inside her house but not in public; and frequent bombings by Iraqi forces that Homayoonfar tried to minimize for her frightened younger brother as ""fireworks."" Ever-tightening government restrictions permeate the narrative: a friend's father is executed because he previously worked for the Shah; a great uncle disappears to Switzerland; and increasingly harsh and proscriptive religion classes (required of all Muslim students) prompt Homayoonfar to declare she is Christian, resulting in further scrutiny of her already surveilled family. In the most dramatic episode, Homayoonfar details her arrest and detainment by Islamic religious police for walking in public with a small triangle of neck skin visible. Equal parts engrossing and infuriating, this serves as a reminder of how easily freedoms taken for granted can slip away.--Kay Weisman Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Homayoonfar, Nioucha.
Immigrants -- Iran -- Biography.
Culture shock.
Iran -- History -- Revolution, 1979.
Iran -- Political and social views.
Young adult literature.
Publisher Washington, D.C. :2019
Language English
Description 160 pages : color illustrations, map ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781426333668
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