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Funny in Farsi

Funny in Farsi
  • Author : Firoozeh Dumas
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  • Release Date :2007-12-18
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 0307430995
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Summary : 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

Funny in Farsi

Funny in Farsi
  • Author : Firoozeh Dumas
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2004
  • Total pages :198
  • ISBN : 0812968379
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Summary : An autobiography of growing up as an Iranian-American describes the author's family's 1971 move from Iran to Southern California, the members of her diverse family, and their struggle with culture shock.

Funny in Farsi

Funny in Farsi
  • Author : Firoozeh Dumas
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2004-01-01
  • Total pages :214
  • ISBN : 9780756983628
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Summary : Memoir of an Iranian girl growing up in southern California during the 1970s and 1980s.

Funny in Farsi

Funny in Farsi
  • Author : Firoozeh Dumas
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  • Release Date :2011-04-01
  • Total pages :329
  • ISBN : 9780784834091
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Laughing Without an Accent

Laughing Without an Accent
  • Author : Firoozeh Dumas
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  • Release Date :2009
  • Total pages :240
  • ISBN : 0345499573
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Summary : The author continues the story of her Iranian-American family and their experiences at home and abroad, from dealing with her French husband's Christmas traditions to taking fifty-one Iranian family members on a cruise to Alaska.

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel
  • Author : Firoozeh Dumas
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  • Release Date :2016-05-03
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 054461237X
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Summary : Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can't distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home. A poignant yet lighthearted middle grade debut from the author of the best-selling Funny in Farsi.

The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things
  • Author : Arundhati Roy
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  • Release Date :2011-07-27
  • Total pages :336
  • ISBN : 030737467X
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Summary : The beloved debut novel about an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969, from the author of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • MAN BOOKER PRIZE WINNER Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy’s modern classic is equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama. The seven-year-old twins Estha and Rahel see their world shaken irrevocably by the arrival of their beautiful young cousin, Sophie. It is an event that will lead to an illicit liaison and tragedies accidental and intentional, exposing “big things [that] lurk unsaid” in a country drifting dangerously toward unrest. Lush, lyrical, and unnerving, The God of Small Things is an award-winning landmark that started for its author an esteemed career of fiction and political commentary that continues unabated.

Ham On Rye

Ham On Rye
  • Author : Charles Bukowski
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  • Release Date :2009-10-13
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 0061851914
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Summary : In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-riddled high school years and his adolescent discoveries of alcohol, women, and the Los Angeles Public Library's collection of D. H. Lawrence, Ham on Rye offers a crude, brutal, and savagely funny portrait of an outcast's coming-of-age during the desperate days of the Great Depression.

Happy Birthday, Fucko!

Happy Birthday, Fucko!
  • Author : R. J. Duncan
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  • Release Date :2017-06-21
  • Total pages :60
  • ISBN : 9781548219963
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Summary : THIS IS THE BEST CARD YOU WILL EVER GET! BECAUSE IT'S NOT A CARD AT ALL! IT'S A BOOK This DIY book is just a great gift for that friend that has a great sense of humor. Fill in the book with whatever you feel is appropriate: pictures; best wishes from you and all of the birthday boy's/girl's friends; finger paintings; whatever!

Not Without My Daughter

Not Without My Daughter
  • Author : Betty Mahmoody,William Hoffer
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  • Release Date :2004-05-07
  • Total pages :528
  • ISBN : 0552152161
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Summary : "An Iranian doctor living in America with his American wife Betty and their child Mahtob wants to see his homeland again. He convinces his wife to take a short holiday there with him and Mahtob. Betty is reluctant, as Iran is not a pleasant place, especially if you are American and female. Upon arrival in Iran, it appears that her worst fears are realized: Moody declares that they will be living there from now on. Betty is determined to escape from Iran, but taking her daughter with her presents a larger problem."

Funny Idioms!

Funny Idioms!
  • Author : Greg Zemlansky
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  • Release Date :2016-09-09
  • Total pages :70
  • ISBN : 9781537573199
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Summary : Here's a fun book to read for the adults children. and teenagers. Plenty of colorful pictures. You can't believe how many Idioms exist in our society. These are just a few, there will be more. Plenty of humor to make you laugh!

Does This Taste Funny?

Does This Taste Funny?
  • Author : Michael Dane
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  • Release Date :2017-10-15
  • Total pages :240
  • ISBN : 9781978350977
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Summary : After many years of working in standup comedy, followed by a small nervous breakdown, Michael Dane taught himself to cook at the age of fifty. Along the way, he found a little bit of sanity. If you're a full-fledged foodie or a kitchen klutz, whether you love to cook or live for take-out -- if you're craving humor with a bite, this book is for you. Join the author on his stumbling culinary journey, as he bridges the gap between Top Ramen and Top Chef, from 'The Piggly Wiggly Cookbook' to 'Modernist Cuisine.' If you like gadgets, you'll find out about about everything from quinoa sifters to guns that shoot beef jerky. You'll also read about two of the most important things any good cook should have: a cast-iron skillet and a catchphrase. You'll meet a group of performers who make music with vegetables . . . a man who has made the best doughnuts in L.A. for the past fifty years . . . and a tattooed, fire-loving chef with a connection to Hunter S. Thompson. Find out how the host of "The Splendid Table" feels about okra, and learn about cooking a fox from somebody's mom. The author's own mother makes a surprise appearance, too, and though this isn't a cookbook, there are even a couple of recipes for good measure. Dig in!

Iron Grins

Iron Grins
  • Author : Activity Attic Books
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  • Release Date :2016-05-25
  • Total pages :329
  • ISBN : 9781683236801
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Summary : It's the fast life with these trucks and buses racing down the highway. Coloring is a great activity that you should introduce to your children while they're still young. This is because coloring forms the foundation of knowledge. It build language, social skills, as well as object, color, and shape recognition. There is no right or wrong when co

Ducky Duck Doesn't Want to Be a Duck

Ducky Duck Doesn't Want to Be a Duck
  • Author : Jenny Loveless
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  • Release Date :2013-08-23
  • Total pages :38
  • ISBN : 9781491266014
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Summary : BOOK DESCRIPTION: This fun children's book follows the story of a duck who simply doesn't want to be a duck. Ducky tells his mama, " Mama, I want to be a bunny. Bunnies have a lot of fun, so now I'm going to be a bunny. " So Ducky Duck goes to be a bunny. But it doesn't stop there. Oh no, Ducky wants to be many things, anything but a duck. Will any of his new identities work out for him? Ducky Duck has lots of friends who help him along during his identity crisis. Benny Bunny, Beavis Beaver and Donnie Deer are great characters who add a touch of valuable education about animals in this wonderful bedtime story. More about this book: Ducky Duck is part of a collection of kid's books that all include a valuable life lesson. These illustrated children's books are humorous and entertaining. Enjoy this funny children's book with your kids. This is one animal book that is sure to make your kids laugh. Suitable for children 4-8 / kindergarten book to beginner readers

Iranian and Diasporic Literature in the 21st Century

Iranian and Diasporic Literature in the 21st Century
  • Author : Daniel Grassian
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  • Release Date :2013-02-18
  • Total pages :280
  • ISBN : 1476601046
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Summary : The most populous Islamic country in the Middle East, Iran is rife with contradictions, in many ways caught between the culture and governments of the Western—more dominant and arguably imperalist—world and the ideology of conservative fundamentalist Islam. This book explores the present-day writings of authors who explore these oppositional forces, often finding a middle course between the often brutal and demonizing rhetoric from both sides. To combat how the West has falsely generalized and stereotyped Iran, and how Iran has falsely generalized and stereotyped the West, Iranian and diasporic writers deconstruct Western caricatures of Iran and Iranian caricatures of the West. In so doing, they provide especially valuable insights into life in Iran today and into life in the West for diasporic Iranians.