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Spotlight: Kamin Mohammadi

04 Jul 2011 19:36Comments
KaminbyBernardo Conti.jpg [ memoir ] "Kamin's father courted her mother with a Mohammadi rose each day; a slow, elegant, romantic ritual combining his name, his land, and his love," writes Justine Hardy in a review of Kamin Mohammadi's new book, The Cypress Tree. "His daughter does the same, wooing us, page by page, until we too become besotted."

The memoir, which is out this week, captures the story of three generations of an Iranian family. Well beyond the confines of North Tehran, it roams over mountainous Kurdistan, where Kamin's father is from, and the parched deserts of Khuzestan, in the southwest, from which her mother's family hails. Woven with Kamin's careful and elegant prose, it presents not just a contemporary history of the land and its people, but also captures the taste of Persian cuisine and the fragrance of Iran's splendid gardens.

Splitting her time between London and Florence, Kamin is a widely published lifestyle journalist who specializes in Iran, Italy, health, beauty, yoga, and fashion. She also writes travel books and is a magazine editor. She was recently nominated by the American Society of Magazine Editors for a National Magazine Award 2011 for an essay on Iran published in the Virginia Quarterly Review.

Also by Kamin Mohammadi:

Alien Nation | Islamic Influences in Florence |The End of a Childhood | The Other Revolution | The Hero and Heroin

Photo by Bernardo Conti

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