The Sky Detective – Manhattan Book Review (5 stars)


             Macelwane Medal   In 2001, Azadeh Tabazadeh receives the prestigious Macelwane Medal for her research on polar stratospheric clouds and the causes behind the degradation of the ozone layer. With every great achievement, there is a profound story. In the case of Azadeh, her account goes back to 1973 in Tehran to two life-changing experiences: receiving a chemistry kit from her uncle and developing a close relationship with Najmieh, the family’s housekeeper. Azadeh’s world suddenly turns upside down as her country succumbs to political struggles and calamity strikes her family. When she decides to escape in the hope of making it to America, Azadeh has no idea if she’ll see her family ever again. Azadeh Tabazadeh shares a powerful story of … [Read more...]

The Sky Detective: An Excerpt


WORKING MOMS AGAINST GUILT Blog: By Susan Winner Jackson This post is excerpted with permission from a recently published memoir, The Sky Detective, in which working mom Azadeh Tabazadeh recounts her journey of growing up in Iran and fleeing to America. Her first-hand account of life in the Middle East provides a unique insight into political crises in foreign countries and seeks to give inspiration to young women looking to enter male dominated fields of study.  Read an excerpt from The Sky Detective, a memoir in which a NASA award-winning scientist recounts her journey of growing up in Iran and fleeing to America. By Azadeh Tabazadeh Excerpt: Fall turns into winter, snow covers every inch of … [Read more...]

The Sky Detective: An Interview WITH SF BOOK REVIEW

Azadeh-Tabazadeh-Headshot_225w INTERVIEW WITH AZADEH TABAZADEH, AUTHOR OF THE SKY DETECTIVE San Francisco Book Review's John Murray interviews San Francisco-based author Azadeh Tabazadeh about her memoir, The Sky Detective, who shares her story of life before and during the 70s Iranian revolution, her escape from the country, and her reception of a prestigious award. What prompted you to sit down and write your memoir? In 2005, Time published an article about my scientific research as a part of an Innovator Series. The reporter, Madeleine Nash, also took interest in my personal life and asked questions about it during the interview. She ended up including a few quotes about my personal life in the article, which resulted in my receiving “fan” … [Read more...]

The Sky Detective- San Francisco Book Review (4.5 stars)

    "Uncle Mahmood" 4.5 Star Review A well-respected scientist shares her story of life before and during the 70s Iranian revolution, her escape from the country, and her reception of a prestigious award. In The Sky Detective, Azadeh Tabazadeh receives a chemistry kit from her favorite uncle, sparking a love of science that will eventually lead to her flight from her home country. Tabazadeh grew up in a time of prosperity with wealthy parents and a loving home. As most girls, she loves her family, spending time with friends, and has an infectious love of learning. Unfortunately, the shah is overthrown, and the new regime is violent and bloody. She loses the friendship of her friend, which masterfully highlights the difference in classes. Her schooling, despite … [Read more...]

The Sky Detective – Metro Silicon Valley Article

AzadehTabazadeh SKY SCANNER: Azadeh Tabazadeh escaped Iran to become one of the most successful scientists in her field. Photograph by Greg Ramar Climatologist Azadeh Tabazadeh Pens Memoir of Iran Escape October 28, 2015 by Jennifer Wadsworth, special to Metro Silicon Valley The doorbell seemed to buzz louder than usual, signaling the start of a long escape. Azadeh Tabazadeh paused for one last look at her room. To one side, the desk where she conducted her first chemistry experiment with a kit her uncle had given her as a gift nearly a decade before. Beside it, the bed where she nearly took her own life knowing she could never become the "Iranian Madame Curie." In 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran from exile, overthrew the Shah and ushered in … [Read more...]

The Sky Detective – A Book Club Pick in the Bay Area


A couples'  book Club gathering in Los Altos on october 9 to discuss my memoir: The Sky Detective. I am at the center holding my book. All book club members loved my memoir including the men, so it's neither a chick flick nor an overly dramatized story.  It's the truth about ordinary lives during the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran and the war with Iraq, and how my family and I coped with the political chaos at the time and managed to escape Iran and reestablish ourselves in the United States. The memoir also recalls the details of all the events that triggered my interest in science during my childhood and adolescent years. The individual opinions of the book club members (shown above) regarding my memoir are posted on Amazon. I will be honored to attend your book club to hear your thoughts, share mine and (hopefully) answer "all" … [Read more...]

The Sky Detective – Los Altos Town Crier

DSC_0797 Author chronicles Iran escape Published on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 01:06 Written by Eren Goknar: Special to the Los Altos Town Crier Photo Credit: Eren Goknar   Sitting next to a steamer trunk end table in her Mountain View townhouse, Azadeh Tabazadeh, former NASA Ames research scientist and Stanford University professor, describes her harrowing escape as a teen from the madness of close-minded mullahs. From the Iranian border town of Zahedan, the 17-year-old and her brother Afshin rode on the backs of mopeds and in a pickup truck, never knowing where they were going the next day. They fled with only two suitcases, leaving everything else – including their parents and younger sister Afshan – behind. At the beginning of the Iran-Iraq War in … [Read more...]

The Sky Detective – Kirkus Book Review


Najmieh, my little sister Afshan, my mother Azar, my brother Afshin (Jahan) and me THE SKY DETECTIVE A Memoir Tabazadeh , Azadeh iUniverse (246 pp.) $19.95 paperback, $29.95 hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4917-6060-4 BOOK REVIEW A compelling debut memoir by an accomplished geophysical scientist that offers a vivid look at life in Tehran between 1973 and 1982, before and after the Iranian Revolution. Tabazadeh was just a few days shy of her eighth birthday in 1973 when her beloved uncle Mahmood gave her a present that would profoundly influence her life: a chemistry set. Tabazadeh was a happy, bright child living the privileged life of a daughter of an affluent family. With the shah still in power, Tehran was primarily a secular city, free of the … [Read more...]

The Sky Detective – Foreword Book Review


  NASA Scientific Achievement Medal   Foreword Reviews Reviewed by Kirsten Akens July 23, 2015 An Iranian scientist, whose accomplishments include a presidential award and working for NASA, shares her enticing story. In The Sky Detective, author Azadeh Tabazadeh tells an enticing story of growing up in, and escaping, Iran during the Islamic Revolution. The memoir opens in 2001 as Tabazadeh is about to receive a prestigious medal from the American Geophysical Union, for her outstanding scientific contributions. During her acceptance speech, the then-NASA employee references a gift her uncle gave her in 1973, when she was eight—a chemistry set that would inspire her for the rest of her life. The following chapter jumps back to that year, and … [Read more...]

The Sky Detective – Blueink Book Review (starred review)


        Azadeh at eight  An accomplished, award-winning American atmospheric scientist recounts her coming of age against the backdrop of the Iranian revolution in this engaging and deeply perceptive memoir. Growing up in ‘70s Tehran, Azadeh Tabazadeh was only eight when two unrelated life events made a lasting impact on her: First, Uncle Mahmood gave her a kids’ chemistry kit, a gift that sparked her life-long love of science. Shortly thereafter,11-year-old Najmieh, a village girl from northern Iran, moved in as household help. Their friendship deeply shaped Tabazadeh’s life-long awareness of class and gender differences, and as the author details a fairly affluent girlhood, she adds pithy observations (“we were born in a place where women just don’t get what … [Read more...]