Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?

~Henry Ward Beecher

I tried. I really did. After searching for a gazillion nonfiction titles in our library's database and finding none of them on CD, and remembering that even if I could do an interlibrary loan it might take weeks for it to get to me, leaving me bookless for an unbearable amount of time, I broke down and bought the audio version of Reading Lolita in Tehran.

I felt guilty for this, until I listened to the first chapter of the book and realized how special it was (and it also dawned on me that the tax refund had just been automatically deposited into the bank account). From the very beginning Reading Lolita is poignant, insightful, beautifully written and beautifully read by Lisette Lecat. I’m looking forward to all 12 CD’s.

SYNOPSIS from BarnesandNoble.com
Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the universities, and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi’s living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.


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