Conversations with Authors - Jason Rezaian

Saturday, April 25th • 7:00pm EST/4:00pm PST

Jason Rezaian

in conversation with Yeganeh Rezaian


Dear Friends of Book Passage,

Thanks so much for joining Yegi and me yesterday for a video discussion. It was a wonderful reminder that, although we can’t be with each other in person right now, we’re not so far away as we sometimes think we are.

In my loneliest hours, books were my most cherished companions.

Here are a few titles that have sustained Yegi and me and helped us remain engaged. We hope some of them will resonate with you, too!

Jason’s Books

Yegi’s books

Stay healthy and stay home (for now)!


Below, please find links to purchase all of the books recommended by Jason and Yegi, as well as Jason's own book, Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison—Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy, and the Extraordinary Efforts It Took to Get Me Out

No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison Cover Image
By Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian (Translator)
ISBN: 9781487006839
Availability: Special Order
Published: Anansi International - June 4th, 2019

"Our government jailed his body, but his soul remained that of a free man." -- From the Foreword by Man Booker Prize-winning author Richard Flanagan

In 2013, Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island, a refugee detention centre off the coast of Australia.

He has been there ever since.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375725784
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2001

"This is a beautifully ragged, laugh-out-loud funny and utterly unforgettable book." —San Francisco Chronicle

National Bestseller 

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

The Gulag Archipelago [Volume 1]: An Experiment in Literary Investigation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061253713
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - August 7th, 2007


Animal Farm: 75th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By George Orwell, Ann Patchett (Foreword by), Tea Obreht (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780452284241
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - May 6th, 2003

75th Anniversary Edition—Includes a New Introduction by Téa Obreht

George Orwell's timeless and timely allegorical novel—a scathing satire on a downtrodden society’s blind march towards totalitarianism.


“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781451626650
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

This fiftieth-anniversary edition commemorates Joseph Heller’s masterpiece with a new introduction; critical essays and reviews by Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Anthony Burgess, and others; rare papers and photos; and much more.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

Now a Hulu limited series starri

Norwegian Wood (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375704024
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2000

Stunning and elegiac, Norwegian Wood first propelled Haruki Murakami into the forefront of the literary scene.

Pudd'nhead Wilson: and Those Extraordinary Twins Cover Image
By Mark Twain, Malcolm Bradbury (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140430400
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Classics -

At the beginning of Pudd'nhead Wilson a young slave woman, fearing for her infant's son's life, exchanges her light-skinned child with her master's.  From this rather simple premise Mark Twain fashioned one of his most entertaining, funny, yet biting novels.  On its surface, Pudd'nhead Wilson possesses all the elements of an engrossing nineteenth-century mystery:&

Saved by Beauty: Adventures of an American Romantic in Iran Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307587749
Availability: Special Order
Published: Crown - November 13th, 2012

When Roger Housden decided to travel to Iran and finally see the subject of his youthful fascination, he was in his sixties. By then, he thought he had seen the world. He was wrong.

Together Tea Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062236807
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - May 21st, 2013

In Together Tea, Marjan Kamali’s delightful and heartwarming debut novel, Darya has discovered the perfect gift for her daughter’s twenty-fifth birthday: an ideal husband. Mina, however, is fed up with her mother’s years of endless matchmaking and the spreadsheets grading available Iranian-American bachelors.

Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250131201
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - January 28th, 2020

A New York Times Notable Book of 2020

“[A] sweeping and authoritative history" (The New York Times Book Review), Black Wave is an unprecedented and ambitious examination of how the modern Middle East unraveled and why it started with the pivotal year of 1979.

“An important story. Harrowing, and suspenseful, yes—but it’s also a deep dive into a complex and egregiously misunderstood country with two very different faces. There is no better time to know more about Iran—and Jason Rezaian has seen both of those faces.”
   — Anthony Bourdain