Review: The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines by Shohreh Aghdashloo

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Title: The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines
Author: Shohreh Aghdashloo
Pages: 272
Genre: Memoir (Celebrity)
Publisher: Harper (Harper Collins)
Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

I've always enjoyed a good celebrity memoir, and I was curious when I found out Shohreh Aghdashloo had written one. I knew her originally as the woman from 24 but have also seen her in various other shows/movies; I always recognize her distinct voice. Her memoir has the added intrigue due to her living as an adult through the revolution in Iran, even causing her to escape to another country.

One of the things I always find interesting is how much work actors put into their craft before they come onto a scene that we are familiar with. The same is true for Shohreh; she acted in many plays and even Iranian movies before acting in America. She really has spent her lifetime building up to acting and acting. I was interested in her observations as she

I will say there were some parts where I just didn't get her decision making or really understand the circumstances she was in. Some of this is certainly from her being in a different country, culture, and time but was probably because she was limited in space in her memoir to truly describe in depth what she went through during the Iranian revolution. Though it seems like Shohreh lived a life of privilege in Iran, she also clearly possesses extreme bravery and is a strong woman.

Something I loved was Shohreh's brutal honesty about Hollywood and some very well known actors. It's always interesting to see what people are like behind the scenes, and I was surprised by every person that she called out in this book! Very interesting.

Overall, this was an easy read about an actress with an interesting background. It added a lot to my netflix queue! Recommended if you enjoy celebrity memoirs and/or have an interest in Iran's recent history.

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