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Liana Metal lives in Greece, on the island of Corfu. She is an EFL teacher(MAEd -Applied Linguistics), book reviewer and freelance writer. Liana is also an artist. Her drawings/paintings can be found both online at www.aggelia-online.gr and at several shops in Corfu town. To contact the artist visit http://LianaMetal.tripod.com or her blog at http://LianasKerkyra.blogspot.com Η Ηλιάνα Μεταλληνού διδάσκει Αγγλικά στην Κέρκυρα, γράφει άρθρα και ιστορίες για έντυπες και ηλεκτρονικές εκδόσεις σε όλο τον κόσμο και ζωγραφίζει. Μπορείτε να την επισκεφθείτε στην ηλεκτρονική διεύθυνση http://toasprosaligari.blogspot.com και http://www.coffeetimecorfu.com


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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Review/non fiction

Hello visitors,

I've just completed a very special non fiction book, so here's my review:

Lori’s Song
The true story of an American woman held captive in Iran
Lori Foroozandeh
Outskirts Press, http://outskirtspress.com/lorissong
2009, ISBN: 978-1-4327-3829-7
Paperback, pp. 244, US 17.95

Non fiction/memoir

Reviewed by Liana Metal

Lori Foroozandeh was rescued with one of her fellow inmates by the girl’s family. She wrote this book to let people know of her unbelievable ordeal in Iran. More about her at http://outskirtspress.com/lorissong

Lori’s Song is a memoir that reads like an adventure story. The facts the author describes seem unbelievable at first, yet as the reader goes on they get to understand the author’s personality and identify with her in the events to come.

Lori trusted a man and followed him to his home country, Iran. There it was that all her troubles began. Foreign to the eastern culture that oppressed women, Lori had a hard time adjusting there. However, she soon managed to run a successful business and gain the respect of the local people. Her husband though became abusive and when she finally was about to return to America, a most terrible thing happened to her: she was arrested and held captive in an Iranian camp where she was brutally tortured. But Lori survived, flew back to USA and was finally able to tell people about her horrific experience in Iran.

This book is a good read that will cater to all adventure and travel lovers, memoir readers and culture researchers. The story is full of cultural elements that are very interesting since the western people do not really know much about Iran and its people. It may also help those who are addicted to drugs since the author herself was an addict and her troubles are closely related to this fact. The story is easy to read, it is gripping and can be read in one sitting. I mostly enjoyed the book due to the fact that it gave an outlook of the Iranian culture from the inside rather than from a general point of view. Get this book from

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