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Concealed: Memoir of a Jewish-Iranian Daughter Caught Between the Chador and America

Greenpoint. Apr. 2020. 291p. ISBN 9780990619420. $20. MEMOIR
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Amini’s warm, poignant, and humorous memoir details her life story as the American-born daughter of Iranian parents, while providing a window into the world of Iranian Jews settling in the United States. Readers witness the author struggling to find her voice within a patriarchal culture that is in sharp contrast to her daily life in 1950s and 1960s New York City. Amini chronicles her hopes and dreams, and how she adapted and thrived as she matured. Along the way, readers discover the culture of Iranian Jews, both in Iran and abroad, and a bit of the Farsi, Hebrew, and Yiddish languages, as translations are provided within the text.
VERDICT Exploring issues of gender, religion, and culture, as well as the tensions between tradition and modernity, this wonderful account is highly recommended for readers interested in gender, immigration, and Judaic studies.

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