“It is through example that we understand what we are capable of and how we can achieve our dreams. May these stories remind you of the wonderful things women have accomplished so far and the infinite possibilities for women in the future.” — Cherie Blair, Wife of the former British Prime Minister, founder of Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
“They say you have to see it to be it—that in discovering the stories of strong women we unlock the many different ways we ourselves can be strong. This book helps you see.” — Cindi Leive, Editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine
“I believe we have an obligation to pay our own good fortune forward and give voice to those who cannot raise their own voices. Angella Nazarian has portrayed extraordinary women in a way that not only transports the reader into each life described here but also provides each of us nourishment for our own journey.” — Melanne Verveer, Executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Securit
“Pioneers of the Possible: Celebrating Visionary Women of the World.” This inspiring collection honors twenty of the world’s most visionary women, spanning the last century through today. From a business tycoon to an author, a dancer to a dreamer, and a social activist to a spiritual leader, a painter, and even a bullfighter, every one was driven by passion and an ability to imagine and aspire to what did not yet exist. By celebrating their lives, we carry on their collective, fearless spirit and encourage one another toward greater and deeper lives. Profiles include: Martha Graham, Ella Fitzgerald, Frida Kahlo, Simone De Beauvoir, Wangari Maathai, Estee Lauder, Zaha Hadid, Helen Suzman, Jacqueline Novogratz, and many more.
“In this tribute to 20 visionaries Angella Nazarian illuminates the power and potential of women through the mesmerizing stories of these groundbreakers and harbingers of change. The subjects of this great collection have hurdled gender, ideological or creative barriers, while others tested the limits of socioeconomic or racial boundaries. Through lively and probing portraits she reveals the unique personality and passion of each woman, describing their motivations and life’s work. You will most likely be familiar with some of these women; others may be new to you, and make you wonder how in the world you never heard of them. They offered radically new ways of seeing the world and as a result their work and legacy have brought about ripples of change that we all benefit from today.” — Tina Brown, Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek and The Daily Beast
“Pioneers of the Possible shimmers with the visions of women who imagined what could be and had the courage to work to make their dreams a reality. From all corners of the earth and circumstance, the featured women demonstrate that change is possible and that following your heart is not an abstraction but rather the key to good leadership. This book can inspire the young and revitalize the weary – a vivid lesson in lives well lived.” — Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University
“Many women have shown us that they can conquer all odds and succeed in the fields of their choice. These twenty visionary women exemplify the power, the spirit, the creativity and the persistence of the true ‘pioneer woman.’” — Martha Stewart
“I’ve always believed every woman needs a network of supportive women friends — what I call your fearless tribe. And Pioneers of the Possible, with its intimate portraits of accomplished women, is like a fearless tribe between covers. I came away inspired and emboldened by their amazing life stories.” — Arianna Huffington
Life as a Visitor
Forced to flee to the United States after the violent Iranian Revolution of 1979 at age eleven, author Angella M. Nazarian takes readers on a physical and emotional journey from past to present, from the exotic to the familiar, and from a country’s political struggle to her own inner struggle in search of home, family and sense of belonging. Life as a Visitor chronicles Nazarian’s difficult and triumphant journey to blend East and West. Incorporating both prose and poetry, Nazarian creates a mosaic of thoughts, emotions and locations that allows readers an intimate and inside look at what life is like for an immigrant caught between two cultures.
In Life as a Visitor, Nazarian and her family travel to nearly twenty exotic locales, and it is during these travels that Nazarian begins to piece together her experiences of leaving Iran and adjusting to America and its western culture, and finding peace and herself along the way. Part travelogue, part introspective journal, Life as a Visitor will enthrall, inspire and engage readers of all backgrounds who feel like they live life as a visitor.