Post­ed by Nao­mi Firestone-Teeter

In Angel­la M. Nazarian’s stun­ning new book Life As a Vis­i­tor she blends prose and poet­ry with mem­oir and visu­al arts. Splashed with col­or, poignant sto­ries of her life in Iran and Bev­er­ly Hills, and pho­tographs, Nazar­i­an cap­tures her emo­tion­al and phys­i­cal jour­ney from a child­hood in Iran to a Cal­i­for­nia adolescence.

Uproot­ed from her home in Iran at eleven years old, Nazar­i­an recalls her family’s stealthy escape, the feel­ing of being an immi­grant in the Unit­ed States, and the feel­ing of being an out­sider. She also recalls the won­der­ful mem­o­ries she and her fam­i­ly shared both as Jew­ish Ira­ni­ans and as Amer­i­can Jew­ish Iranian.

Learn a lit­tle more about Nazar­i­an from MyJewishLearning’s inter­view with her this past Novem­ber here.

Hear Nazar­i­an speak on her book here:

And, vis­it her web­site for media, arti­cles, pho­tos, and her blog here.