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Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America (Paperback)

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    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    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, Firoo...

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    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    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 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.

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


    From the Hardcover edition.
    ISBN 9780812968378
    Author Dumas, Firoozeh
    Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
    Format Paperback
    Pages 208
    Publisher Date 2004-01-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Random House Inc
    Copyright Year 2003
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.0 in
    Thickness 0.5 in
    Unit weight 0.35 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
    Audience General/trade

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    • Hilarious and Fast Read

      A great light-hearted read that left me in stitches. I couldn't put it down and the short chapters made it easy to read in quick bursts. Fantastic!

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