The Sky Detective: A Memoir - How I Fled Iran and Became a NASA Scientist

 
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When Azadeh was an eight-year-old girl growing up in Iran in March 1973, her uncle gave her a chemistry kit. That got her hooked on science early and provided an opportunity for her to find herself. In The Sky Detective, Azadeh shares her life story-one that includes an insider's look at life during the Islamic Revolution and Iraqi War and details how one little girl grew up to become a gifted scientist. Set inside Iran in the final years of the monarchy, the author narrates a true story of friendship between two girls growing up in the same household in Tehran: Azadeh, the daughter of an affluent engineer, and Najmieh, a child servant who arrives from a small village in northern Iran to live with Azadeh's family. When the girls are teenagers, political turmoil interrupts their lives, sending them down different paths. This memoir recalls friendship and faith, the bonds between parents and daughters in a paternalistic society, and the clash of values among relatives from different generations in a family. The Sky Detective describes the rich culture of a beautiful but deeply troubled land undergoing radical transformation. In spite of the hardship that comes along with the establishment of a theocratic regime, Azadeh shows her will and determination as a young woman to persevere and realize her childhood dream of becoming a world-renowned scientist.

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Azadeh Tabazadeh earned a doctoral degree in chemistry from UCLA. She has worked at NASA, taught at Stanford University, and published more than sixty scientific articles. Among her many accolades are a Presidential White House Award and a feature article in Time that details her personal life and scientific discoveries. Excerpts from her memoir have won recognition at two writers' conferences. Azadeh has three children and lives in Mountain View, California.

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“A compelling debut memoir by an accomplished geophysical scientist that offers a vivid look at life in Tehran between 1973 and 1982, before and after the Iranian Revolution...An authentic firsthand account of troubled times in a tumultuous country.” Kirkus Reviews (named as one of the best book of 2015)

“A sobering, enlightening glimpse of growing up in a shadow of a revolution—a struggle that merely replaced one kind of oppression with another...This coming-of-age story will draw teen readers to this strong multicultural title.” Booklist (starred review)

“An accomplished, award-winning American atmospheric scientist recounts her coming of age against the backdrop of the Iranian revolution in this engaging and deeply perceptive memoir...Readers of all stripes will appreciate a front seat to the proceedings in The Sky Detective.” — Blueink Reviews (starred review)

“Engaging readers from chapter to chapter, Tabazadeh’s deft storytelling carefully build to her harrowing journey to America...The Sky Detective is one gripping page-turner that is a definite must-read by all.” Manhattan Book Review (5-star review)

“Once free in America, Tabazadeh rises through the ranks to earn the respect of her peers and the recognition from the community at large, even President Clinton...Her infectious curiosity and innate talent shines through the eyes of her younger self and captures readers’ intention for a truly amazing read.” — San Francisco Book Review

“A seeker of knowledge from a young age, she confronts the limits of the world she is given to transcend societal rules and limitations to find her true calling.”Linda Joy Myers, President of the National Association of Memoir Writers.

 

“How a girl’s memoir, growing up in a chaotic time of a revolution, takes you softly into the realm of innocent beauty is the miracle of “The Sky Detective.”Parviz Sayyad, Highly Famed Actor and Director of Iranian Cinema

“An Iranian scientist, whose accomplishments include a presidential award and working for NASA, shares her enticing story...Her childhood story as she tells it is solidly crafted. The writing is strong, the pace engaging...Those who come to care for the girl will want to know more about the woman.” Foreword Reviews

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