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Through anecdotes related between long lost acquaintances, Reza Mashayekhi has given us a glimpse of what it was like growing up in Iran. The tension of Iranian politics through the years, from Mosaddegh to the Shah to Khomeini, and the fear of SAVAK, the secret police, are balanced with the humor of the culture clash of coming to America and adjusting to customs much different from Iran's. Intertwined in all of this, are the relationships, lost and renewed, which bring a special poignancy to the historical context. John Cammalleri, Author Fort Pierce, Florida The stories are wonderfully told, and I found myself laughing aloud as I read them . . . The perspective Reza brings to his writing, having lived in two completely different cultures, is refreshing. In my experience as a vocal artist who has recorded the work of many authors, I have to say that rarely have I found characters as unique and alive as the ones Reza describes in this book . . . This is one book you will enjoy! Gary Ciesla, Author Highland Falls, New York Generally light hearted humor, with episodes of cruelty and sadness, Reza tells his love story through dozens of short stories. While he contrasts his childhood in Iran with those in America. I have to say, that many of my American childhood experiences were similar to his. And so it goes throughout. His story so different, yet so similar, to mine. Often in a distant, different part of the world. As luck would have it, our paths have crossed a few times. Each of them good. This time we crossed paths in print. I enjoyed the read and left some of my chores behind. Steve Estes, Engineer Fairbanks, Alaska What can I say? "From Iran to America" is a superb and very well written story. It is a compelling read, which had me hooked from start to finish. A story filled with emotion and humour; realistic life experiences of people from different backgrounds and nationalities, which are both gripping and believable. My only regret is that I don't know how long I'll have to wait for the sequel. Zoe Miller, Online ESL English Teacher Toulouse, France A simple tale of love, loss, and innocence set at the cross-cultural roads of identity and obscurity. Sincerely told through the eyes of an immigrant struggling to rediscover his Eastern cultural past while on a quest of discovering a new Western selfhood amidst life's daily challenges . . . I recommend this book, not only to all new immigrants who are going, or very likely have gone, through similar battles of self identity, but also to their first and subsequent generation children and kindred who may be unaware of the roots of their parents' and ancestors' struggles and hardships, as new immigrants in a new land. Rametin Movahhed, Theatrical and Film Director San Diego, California . . . Speaking from personal experience, Mr. Mashayehki's perceptive, clear, and gentle observations and conversational commentaries lead the Reader through important questions and insights about one's perception of the Other . . . This is a highly recommended read for any person of any culture wishing to gain a deeper perception and appreciation of the value of communication. Richard Adrian Steiger, Ethnomusicologist San Diego, California

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