#12. Book Review: Not Without My Daughter


So I’ve been quite MIA lately, and by lately i mean a month, or more than that – don’t judge me i have university duties to fulfil in life.

Ive been reading a lot of book review posts sorta things on the internet world lately and I’ve been having this urge to do one myself so i thought WHY NOTTTTT (ya feel me bro?).

Ive always loved reading non-fiction books, it just gives me that goose bump-ish sorta feeling and i sometimes just pause for a second and think ‘woah that actually happened to someone’, though I do enjoy reading a fair share of fiction books, reading non-fiction books just gives me a whole other feeling.

Even if it makes me think about how people have such interesting and dramatic lives and I’m just sitting her like a potato, yup.

So today, as i procrastinate in the library with my huge pile of essays staring into my soul, i choose to talk to you about one of the best non-fiction books I’ve read, ever. And id like to think of myself as having read a ton of non-fiction books k?


Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody.

(couldn’t find a picture of better quality, its quite old)

The book is based on the author’s experiences in 1984–86 when Betty Mahmoody’s husband took his wife and daughter to meet his family in Iran. He claims that his Iranian family wanted to meet his wife and daughter and asks them to join him for a two week visit. So, despite how Betty actually felt about Iran – she agrees to go. 

So they arrive in Tehran, and Betty’s husband tells her that he wants to stay in Iran for good. Betty was lied to by her husband even though he promised they would return back to America. Her husband becomes abusive, prevents her from leaving the house and takes away her telephone privileges. She was literally stuck in Iran with no where to do and in addition to that being married to an Iranian made her a citizen of the country, and that means she doesn’t have parental rights over her daughter.

The story goes on from here, and its basically about her journey back to the US, its very interesting really! 

I remember being glued to this book one summer in Sri Lanka. The book was given to me by a cousin and the booked looked like it had been through hell and more (all ripped up and everything); isn’t that how you know its a great book though?

Im not quite sure but i think there was a movie based on this book as well, let me know if you’ve watched it or heard of it or something! I hope this post interests you in any way – its my first post on a book so like you know bake me cookies or something.

Thanks a bunch for reading! 

– Daania x


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