One Summer in My Life
Just like potato chips, you will not be able to stop reading these short memoir essays. While they vary widely as to subject, location, personalities they share one common feature-the joyous, insightful, and thought-provoking presence of the author. I heartily recommend finding a quiet corner, brewing a great cup of coffee or tea, gathering a plate of cream puffs (a recurrent theme in the stories), and losing yourself in Dr. B’s world. You’ll come out refreshed, happier, and just generally feeling better about the world. There can be no greater gift than this book in these complex times.
One Summer in My Life
How do you chronicle a life?
Manijeh Badiozamani tells of her life in a series of short stories that offer glimpses of a life lived in two cultures, rich in friends, ventures, and love.
Manijeh Badiozamani grew up in Tehran, Iran before moving to the U.S. with her husband over 50 years ago. She is a keen observer of life and easily laughs at her own miscues as she deftly straddles two different cultures.
“This collection of invariably amusing and often heartwarming experiences is like a treasure chest one discovers and opens, and invariably finds a rare gem here or a small trinket there. But the discoveries are always rewarding.
The stories range over time and are often told with a gentle irony that will both amuse and enlighten.
Each story stands alone, but together they describe a life’s journey full of perception, empathy, and great humor.”
—Dr. Mark David Welton, Professor Emeritus, United States Military Academy at West Point.
Family Tales from Tehran
Each vignette is a Persian carpet ride into a fascinating neighborhood peopled by Badiozamani’s relatives, the servants, the carpet merchant, the corner grocer, the story-teller, and more.
I finished it in two days. The poignant vignettes contain humor as well as tragedy, thus making for an exciting read.
Manijeh Badiozamani takes us to her childhood home—her grandfather’s house—near the Big Bazaar in Tehran, the teeming capital of Iran.
Growing up between the traditional and the modern, she recreates the Tehran of the1940s and 1950s before she immigrated to the U.S. We meet her quirky family and friends and discover the impact they had on her life.
The stories are laced with humor and, sometimes, sadness. After 40 years, when she returns to Tehran to care for her aging mother, the spotlight is on the cultural differences and the universal problems of aging.