Azar Nafisi is the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and the new memoir Things I've Been Silent About. She is a visiting professor and the director of the SAIS Dialogue Project at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, where she is a professor of aesthetics, culture, and literature, and teaches courses on the relation between culture and politics.

The author of Reading Lolita in Tehran recommends a book for President Obama and shares some of her favorite reads.

In an exclusive excerpt from her new book, Things I’ve Been Silent About: Memories, Azar Nafisi, the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, examines her parents' troubled marriage, riven by secrets, regrets, and political drama. Plus, The Daily Beast's Salameh Nematt talks with Nafisi.