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Funny in Farsi

(2003)
A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
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"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 ChronicleIn 1972, when she was seven, the author and her family moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving with no firsthand knowledge of this country beyond Firoozeh's father's glowing memories of his graduate school years here. In a series of deftly drawn scenes, 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; her elegant mother, who never fully mastered English (or cared to); her uncle, who combated the effects of American fast food with an array 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. An unforgettable story of identity, discovery, and the power of family love, Funny in Farsi will leave us all laughing - without an accent."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

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Hardback Editions

January 2004 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America (Reader's Circle (Prebound))
Author(s): Firoozeh Dumas
ISBN: 0-7569-8362-2 / 978-0-7569-8362-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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June 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
Author(s): Firoozeh Dumas
ISBN: 1-4000-6040-0 / 978-1-4000-6040-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Villard Books
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Paperback Editions

January 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
Author(s): Firoozeh Dumas
ISBN: 0-8129-6837-9 / 978-0-8129-6837-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade
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Audio Editions

April 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
Author(s): Firoozeh Dumas
ISBN: 1-5012-4615-1 / 978-1-5012-4615-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
Author(s): Firoozeh Dumas
ISBN: 1-4805-9184-X / 978-1-4805-9184-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
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February 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
Author(s): Firoozeh Dumas
ISBN: 1-4805-8995-0 / 978-1-4805-8995-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
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March 2004 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
Author(s): Firoozeh Dumas
Publisher: Audible Studios
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