Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas

When Firoozeh Dumas was 7 years old, her family moved from Abadan, Iran, to Southern California. Such a drastic transition between cultures brought with it a wealth of emotion–joy, excitement, embarrassment, confusion, and sometimes fear and frustration–for Dumas and her family. Here, with a good dose of good humor and affection, she looks back upon many of her experiences growing up between countries. From her father’s obsession with Bowling for Dollars to her mother’s linguistic difficulties, Firoozeh’s going so far to remain unnoticed at summer camp that she refuses to bathe to the intricacies of marrying a man from a different culture, Dumas’s anecdotes are sure to make you laugh out loud while also urging you to consider the immigrant experience in America. Dumas is self-deprecating and happy to poke fun at her family, but she does so in a spirit of love and tenderness for her exuberant family. I was able to snag this as an Audible Daily Deal–an added bonus that Dumas reads the audiobook herself–but it is a rewarding read no matter the format.


Reviewed by: Lindsay on May 18, 2017

Number of Pages: 240

Tags: Humor, Memoir, Nonfiction

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