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

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

Firoozeh Dumas

within the bestselling memoir humorous in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas stated her adventures starting to be up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she back mines her wealthy Persian background in guffawing with no an accessory, sharing tales either delicate and funny on being a citizen of the area, on her well-meaning family members, and on a laugh cultural conundrums, all advised with insights into the universality of the human . (Hint: it could possibly need to do with brushing and flossing daily.)

With dry wit and a daring spirit, Dumas places her personal special mark at the topics of family members, neighborhood, and culture. She braves the unusual palate of her French-born husband and learns the nuances of getting her e-book translated for Persian audiences (the censors edit out all references to ham). And alongside the best way, she reconciles her liked Iranian customs along with her Western ideals.

Explaining crossover cultural nutrition fare, Dumas says, “The most unearthly American culinary marriage is yams with melted marshmallows. I don’t recognize who considered this Thanksgiving culture, yet I’m guessing a hyperactive, toothless three-year-old.” On Iranian marriage ceremony anniversaries: “It simply firstly appeared peculiar to rejoice the day that ‘our households made up our minds we must always marry even if I had by no means met you, and admittedly, it’s no longer figuring out so well.’” On attempting to slot in along with her American friends: “At the time, my father drove a Buick LeSabre, a posh French note which means ‘OPEC thank you you.’”

Dumas additionally files her first 12 months as a brand new mom, the familial chaos that ensues after she gets rid of the tv set from the home, the adventure of taking fifty-one relatives on a birthday cruise to Alaska, and a street journey to Iowa with an American as soon as held hostage in Iran.

Droll, relocating, and appropriate, guffawing with out an accessory indicates how our variations can unite us–and offers indelible facts that Firoozeh Dumas is a stand-up comedian of the top order.

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