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Laughing without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad

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In the bestselling memoir Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas recounted her adventures growing up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she again mines her rich Persian heritage in Laughing Without an Accent, sharing stories both tender and humorous on being a citizen of the world, on her well-meaning family, and on amusing cultural conundrums, all told with insights into the universality of the human condition. (Hint: It may have to do with brushing and flossing daily.)

With dry wit and a bold spirit, Dumas puts her own unique mark on the themes of family, community, and tradition. She braves the uncommon palate of her French-born husband and learns the nuances of having her book translated for Persian audiences (the censors edit out all references to ham). And along the way, she reconciles her beloved Iranian customs with her Western ideals.

Explaining crossover cultural food fare, Dumas says, “The weirdest American culinary marriage is yams with melted marshmallows. I don’t know who thought of this Thanksgiving tradition, but I’m guessing a hyperactive, toothless three-year-old.” On Iranian wedding anniversaries: “It just initially seemed odd to celebrate the day that ‘our families decided we should marry even though I had never met you, and frankly, it’s not working out so well.’” On trying to fit in with her American peers: “At the time, my father drove a Buick LeSabre, a fancy French word meaning ‘OPEC thanks you.’”

Dumas also documents her first year as a new mother, the familial chaos that ensues after she removes the television set from the house, the experience of taking fifty-one family members on a birthday cruise to Alaska, and a road trip to Iowa with an American once held hostage in Iran.

Droll, moving, and relevant, Laughing Without an Accent shows how our differences can unite us–and provides indelible proof that Firoozeh Dumas is a humorist of the highest order.

Synopsis:

The author of the best-selling memoir Funny in Farsi continues the story of her Iranian-American family and their experiences at home and abroad, from dealing with her French husband's Christmas traditions, to consuming a variety of international "delicacies," to taking fifty-one Iranian family members on a cruise to Alaska. 50,000 first printing.

About the Author

\Originally from Iran, Firoozeh Dumas moved with her family to Southern California when she was seven years old. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She lives with her husband and children in Northern California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345507174
Subtitle:
Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad
Publisher:
Villard
Author:
Dumas, Firoozeh
Author:
Firoozeh Dumas
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Voyages and travels
Subject:
Iranian Americans.
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
Family
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Middle Eastern American
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080429
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
226

Related Subjects

Biography » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
Travel » Travel Writing » General

Laughing without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad
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"Synopsis" by , The author of the best-selling memoir Funny in Farsi continues the story of her Iranian-American family and their experiences at home and abroad, from dealing with her French husband's Christmas traditions, to consuming a variety of international "delicacies," to taking fifty-one Iranian family members on a cruise to Alaska. 50,000 first printing.
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