Funny in Farsi

Funny in Farsi

A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Finalist for the PEN/USA Award in Creative Nonfiction, the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and the Audie Award in Biography/Memoir

This Random House Reader's Circle edition includes a reading group guide and a conversation between Firoozeh Dumas and Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner !

"Remarkable . . . told with wry humor shorn of sentimentality . . . In the end, what sticks with the reader is an exuberant immigrant embrace of America."-- San Francisco Chronicle

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.

Praise for Funny in Farsi

"Heartfelt and hilarious--in any language." -- Glamour

"A joyful success." -- Newsday

"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

"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

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

"Delightfully refreshing." --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"[ Funny in Farsi ] brings us closer to discovering what it means to be an American." -- San Jose Mercury News
Publisher: New York : Villard, c2003
ISBN: 9780812968378
9781400060405
1400060400
Characteristics: 10 books and 1 reading guide in a plastic tote
x, 187 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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soblessed59 Oct 14, 2014

Wonderfully charming memoir of growing up in America
I was amazed at how this author correctly 'nailed' American culture,and it was a total delight to read it from the viewpoint of someone from another culture.
This book is very sweet and very funny,sometimes laugh-out-loud funny,and also interesting and informative.I also very much enjoyed reading about Iranian culture and her family.

This author has a wonderful sense of humor and great skill at storytelling,and I wish her continued success because I hope to read more from her.

Highly recommended for those who enjoy a fun read,and learning about other cultures.

sharmila55 Oct 13, 2014

It really is funny in any language. Firoozeh had painted a picture of how life is in America when we arrive from a foreign land. I am not even from Iran and can clearly see all her family and events as if I am experienced it myself. I am also from another country and immigrated here some 40 years ago. It is true to the last detail. I was laughing out loud as I was laying in bed and reading it.

A definite 'must read'. Such easy language without being insulting to anyone.

Six star.

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lologre
Jul 15, 2014

Great! I like it a lot. I cant wait to read her other book.

soblessed59 Feb 08, 2013

Wonderfully charming memoir of growing up in America
I was amazed at how this author correctly 'nailed' American culture,and it was a total delight to read it from the viewpoint of someone from another culture.
This book is very sweet and very funny,sometimes laugh-out-loud funny,and also interesting and informative.I also very much enjoyed reading about Iranian culture and her family.

I am now reading 'Laughing Without An Accent' by this author and I believe it is also going to rate 5-stars.

This author has a wonderful sense of humor and great skill at storytelling,and I wish her continued success because I hope to read more from her.

Highly recommended for those who enjoy a fun read.

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marijancad
Jul 29, 2011

Nicely written account of an Iranian family's learning to adapt to American life. Many funny (as the title suggests) anecdotes along the way. One of my faves was the vacations in Vegas.

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nic03red
Nov 26, 2010

Funny and a quick read.

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maven
Dec 11, 2009

Entertaining and funny.

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