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Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
In Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi has written a memoir of her life in Iran. Once a teacher of western literature at different universities before being forced out, she gathered seven of her best female students for a weekly book club. These women not only eventually opened up to discussing the different works of literature and how they related to their lives, but also their own feelings and thoughts about life and relationships. In a society where free speech is squelched, especially for women, these women formed a bond through literature. Their favorite book was Lolita because they understood that it was about "confiscation of one individual's life by another," something they could relate to every day. Reading Lolita in Tehran has received many glowing reviews. The Christian Science Monitor says, "Her memoir will also resonate with anyone who loves books, or who wants (or needs) to be reminded why books matter. This passionate defense of literature lucidly demonstrates how its power resides in the personal space between each reader and the writing on the page."