Rich with evocative images and vignettes, The Persian Square spans the extraordinary range of Iranian-American self expression, chronicling the myriad and indelible contributions Iranian emigres have made over their decades, fashioning American lives out of Persian identity and traditions.
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“Davar Ardalan produced our NPR series, "Iran At The Crossroads," in 1995 -- eight stories of Iranians and culture, ranging from young people to women to poets and artists and teachers, including Azar Nafisi who was then teaching literature in Iran. I knew then that I had made a rare journey. Here, Iran Davar gives you some of the same sense of exploration and history and cultural exchange -- the ‘goftegu’ or dialogue between civilizations, that I experienced. ‘The Persian Square’ is a valuable series for the scholar and the casual wanderer, embracing what Iran has meant to the West, and what our traditions have meant to some of its most notable people. Simply put, this book is a treat. Many people will never go to Iran. Explore here.”
– Jacki Lyden, Host and Correspondent, NPR
“Iranian Americans, so long stuck in the shadows of America’s immigrant story, emerge in The Persian Square in vibrant color. Ardalan weaves together a sharp and modern multitouch tapestry of Iranian American achievement and contribution to American life.”
– Dr. Firouz Naderi, Director of Solar System Exploration at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
“Persian Square is a wonderful collection of facts -- and I'm an expert on facts. But this book isn't only for Persian-Americans; we live in a world that requires understanding and tolerance, and Iran Davar Ardalan has given us a beautiful way to learn about a culture that is a mystery to many Americans. These stories of art, science, history, and journalism can introduce us to Iranian life, and the many links to multimedia resources make it easy to expand our knowledge.”
– Kee Malesky, NPR Librarian and author of All Facts Considered and Learn Something New Every Day
“Part family narrative, part encyclopedia, part travelogue, always fascinating, The Persian Square is a wonderful guide to anyone wanting to get beneath the surface of the relationship between the US and Iran.”
– Mike Shuster, roving foreign correspondent who traveled numerous times to Iran for NPR