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Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America

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Publisher Comments:

In 1972, when she was seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her family moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving with no firsthand knowledge of this country beyond her father's glowing memories of his graduate school years here. More family soon followed, and the clan has been here ever since.

Funny in Farsi chronicles the American journey of Dumas's wonderfully engaging family: her engineer father, a sweetly quixotic dreamer who first sought riches on Bowling for Dollars and in Las Vegas, and later lost his job during the Iranian revolution; her elegant mother, who never fully mastered English (nor cared to); her uncle, who combated the effects of American fast food with an army of miraculous American weight-loss gadgets; and Firoozeh herself, who as a girl changed her name to Julie, and who encountered a second wave of culture shock when she met and married a Frenchman, becoming part of a one-couple melting pot.

In a series of deftly drawn scenes, we watch the family grapple with American English (hot dogs and hush puppies — a complete mystery), American traditions (Thanksgiving turkey? — an even greater mystery, since it tastes like nothing), and American culture (Firoozeh's parents laugh uproariously at Bob Hope on television, although they don't get the jokes even when she translates them into Farsi).

Above all, this is an unforgettable story of identity, discovery, and the power of family love. It is a book that will leave us all laughing — without an accent.

Review:

"A humorous and introspective chronicle of a life filled with love — of family, country, and heritage." Jimmy Carter

Review:

"Dumas has a unique perspective on American culture, and she effortlessly balances the comedy of her family's misadventures with the more serious prejudices they face." Kristine Huntley, Booklist

Review:

"Today, as Middle Easterners in the United States are subject to racial profiling, stereotyping, and sometimes violence, this book provides a valuable glimpse into the immigrant experiences of one very entertaining family." Library Journal

Review:

"At all times, no matter how heavy the subject matter, Dumas keeps her tone light....Warm and engaging, despite some creaky prose." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"The best parts will make readers laugh out loud....Despite unevenness, Dumas's first book remains a warm, witty and sometimes poignant look at cross-cultural misunderstanding and family life." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

A warm, affectionate, and frequently hilarious memoir of growing up Iranian-American in Southern California. Funny in Farsi is above all an unforgettable story of identity, discovery, and the power of family love. It is a book that will leave readers laughing — without an accent.

Synopsis:

The warm memoir follows the lives of brothers Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra, who left a comfortable life in post-war India to develop their professional skills in America, both achieving success following in their fatherand#8217;s footsteps as healersand#8212;Deepak as bestselling author, physician, and speaker, and Sanjiv as professor of medicine and faculty dean for continuing medical education at Harvard Medical School.

Synopsis:

In Brotherhood, Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra reveal the story of their personal struggles and triumphs as doctors, immigrants, and brothers. They were born in the ferment of liberated India after 1947, as an age-old culture was reinventing its future. For the young, this meant looking to the West.

and#160;

The Chopra brothers were among the most eager and ambitious of the new generation. In the 1970s, they each emigrated to the United States to make a new life. Both faced tough obstacles: While Deepak encountered resistance from Western-trained doctors over the mind-body connection, Sanjiv struggled to reconcile the beliefs of his birthplace with those of his new home.

and#160;

Eventually, each brother became convinced that America was the right place to build a life, and the Chopras went on to great achievementsand#8212;Deepak as a global spiritual teacher and best-selling author, Sanjiv as a world-renowned medical expert and professor at Harvard Medical School.

and#160;

Brotherhood will fascinate and inspire those who still believe in Americaand#8217;s capacity to foster achievement and reward hard work.

About the Author

Firoozeh Dumas graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She lives with her husband and children in Northern California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Leffingwell Elementary School 3
Hot Dogs and Wild Geese 8
In the Gutter 13
Save Me, Mickey 17
Swoosh-Swoosh 24
With a Little Help from My Friends 31
Bernice 37
A Dozen Key Chains 42
You Can Call Me Al 50
Of Mosquitoes and Men 57
The "F Word" 62
Waterloo 68
America, Land of the Free 74
The Ham Amendment 82
Treasure Island 88
It's All Relatives 96
Me and Bob Hope 104
I Ran and I Ran and I Ran 111
I-raynians Need Not Apply 116
Girls Just Wanna Have Funds 122
Joyeuse Noelle 130
The Wedding 141
I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet 154
A Nose by Any Other Name 161
Judges Paid Off 167
If I Were a Rich Man 180

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400060405
Subtitle:
Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream
Author:
Dumas, Firoozeh
Author:
Chopra, Sanjiv
Author:
Chopra, Deepak
Publisher:
New Harvest
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
Iranian Americans.
Subject:
Whittier
Subject:
åAbåadåan
Subject:
Iranian American women
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
Medical
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series Volume:
1310
Publication Date:
June 17, 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 chapter opener halftones
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.2 in 1.29 lb

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Product details 384 pages Villard Books - English 9781400060405 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A humorous and introspective chronicle of a life filled with love — of family, country, and heritage."
"Review" by , "Dumas has a unique perspective on American culture, and she effortlessly balances the comedy of her family's misadventures with the more serious prejudices they face."
"Review" by , "Today, as Middle Easterners in the United States are subject to racial profiling, stereotyping, and sometimes violence, this book provides a valuable glimpse into the immigrant experiences of one very entertaining family."
"Review" by , "At all times, no matter how heavy the subject matter, Dumas keeps her tone light....Warm and engaging, despite some creaky prose."
"Review" by , "The best parts will make readers laugh out loud....Despite unevenness, Dumas's first book remains a warm, witty and sometimes poignant look at cross-cultural misunderstanding and family life."
"Synopsis" by , A warm, affectionate, and frequently hilarious memoir of growing up Iranian-American in Southern California. Funny in Farsi is above all an unforgettable story of identity, discovery, and the power of family love. It is a book that will leave readers laughing — without an accent.
"Synopsis" by , The warm memoir follows the lives of brothers Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra, who left a comfortable life in post-war India to develop their professional skills in America, both achieving success following in their fatherand#8217;s footsteps as healersand#8212;Deepak as bestselling author, physician, and speaker, and Sanjiv as professor of medicine and faculty dean for continuing medical education at Harvard Medical School.

"Synopsis" by , In Brotherhood, Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra reveal the story of their personal struggles and triumphs as doctors, immigrants, and brothers. They were born in the ferment of liberated India after 1947, as an age-old culture was reinventing its future. For the young, this meant looking to the West.

and#160;

The Chopra brothers were among the most eager and ambitious of the new generation. In the 1970s, they each emigrated to the United States to make a new life. Both faced tough obstacles: While Deepak encountered resistance from Western-trained doctors over the mind-body connection, Sanjiv struggled to reconcile the beliefs of his birthplace with those of his new home.

and#160;

Eventually, each brother became convinced that America was the right place to build a life, and the Chopras went on to great achievementsand#8212;Deepak as a global spiritual teacher and best-selling author, Sanjiv as a world-renowned medical expert and professor at Harvard Medical School.

and#160;

Brotherhood will fascinate and inspire those who still believe in Americaand#8217;s capacity to foster achievement and reward hard work.

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