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

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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:

"What's charming beyond the humor of this memoir is that it remains affectionate even in the weakest, most tenuous moments for the culture. It's the brilliance of true sophistication at work." Los Angeles Times Book Review

Review:

"Often hilarious, always interesting . . . Like the movie 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' this book describes with humor the intersection and overlapping of two cultures." The Providence Journal

Review:

"Heartfelt and hilarious — in any language." Glamour

Review:

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

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:

"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:

"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

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

Synopsis:

This new Readers Circle edition includes a reading group guide and a conversation between Firoozeh Dumas and Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner.”

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 fathers 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 Dumass 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 (Firoozehs parents laugh uproariously at Bob Hope on television, although they dont 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.

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

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dutchessabroad, June 3, 2008 (view all comments by dutchessabroad)
The stories by Firoozeh Dumas are beside funny also informative and enlightening. At a reading in Seattle she made the audience intermittently laugh and sigh. Dumas is a flawless writer and could be a stand-up comedian. Beyond being funny she's an ambassador to the Iranian People that Americans don't know exist, thanks or due to the news.
When we take in “the News” we tend to forget the information we’re made privy of is not about the people in a land of question, the News is what makes headlines.

It’s the inside stories of everyday people like you and me, and our neighbors that make up the fabric of the People, where ever they may make their homes, where ever they are from.

Firoozeh Dumas brings it (or them) home!

Oh, and by the way, as Dumas points out in her book, the title Funny in '"Farci" is (beside alliteration) a pun, it's like saying Funny in Espagnol, or Funny in Français.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812968378
Author:
Dumas, Firoozeh
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Author:
Various
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Immigrants -- United States.
Subject:
Iranian Americans.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.98x5.18x.53 in. .40 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812968378 Reviews:
"Review" by , "What's charming beyond the humor of this memoir is that it remains affectionate even in the weakest, most tenuous moments for the culture. It's the brilliance of true sophistication at work."
"Review" by , "Often hilarious, always interesting . . . Like the movie 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' this book describes with humor the intersection and overlapping of two cultures."
"Review" by , "Heartfelt and hilarious — in any language."
"Review" by , "A humorous and introspective chronicle of a life filled with love — of family, country, and heritage."
"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 , "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 , "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."
"Review" by , "At all times, no matter how heavy the subject matter, Dumas keeps her tone light....Warm and engaging, despite some creaky prose."
"Synopsis" by , This new Readers Circle edition includes a reading group guide and a conversation between Firoozeh Dumas and Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner.”

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 fathers 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 Dumass 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 (Firoozehs parents laugh uproariously at Bob Hope on television, although they dont 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.

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