Literary Travels: Reading Lolita in Tehran

I always have a book in hand, but the one I just finished had me so engaged while I was reading it--and has continued to intrigue me after having finished it--that I thought it was worth some commentary. I've been reading a lot of fiction lately but Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi is an autobiography--'a …

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Study Abroad: How Setting Expectations and A Little Kindness Can Go a Long Way

A month or so ago a colleague and I were speaking with a graduate student from Iran about how she ended up studying and conducting research at a couple of universities in the mid-west. She was the most wonderful, bubbly, likable person I've met in some time, but our conversation took a bit of a …

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Literary Travels: The Good Daughter

I borrowed The Good Daughter from a friend and with her recommendation, and I was not disappointed. Given everything going on in my life right now, it took a little longer than usual for me to get through it, but that's a reflection of my availability and has nothing to do with the book's ability …

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Literary Travels: Digging to America

I had never heard of  Digging to America, but my work colleague had a few she had let someone else borrow so I snagged the pile when they were returned. This one didn't seem nearly as interesting-- in summary or cover illustration-- as the other ones I grabbed, but, of course, ended up being the …

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