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Walled In, Walled Out: A Young American Woman in Iran
The shah reigns in Iran and John F. Kennedy has left his mark on the world when Mary joins the Peace Corps. Sent to Kerman, a conservative city on the Iranian plateau, she teaches English to high school girls. In the classroom, or walking through the bazaar, a turbaned Baluchi tribesman in front and a chanting Sufi dervish behind, she is the exotic one. But the adobe walls that seclude women exclude her, a bareheaded foreigner. Woven throughout are dusty travels from the Persian Gulf to the Caspian Sea, colorful feasts, rich history and hidden romance. Walled In, Walled Out recounts her convoluted, often humorous journey from ignorance to understanding in a country where the people speak with many voices.