Birthday Gift

One of the many fabulous birthday gifts I received this year is a collection of essays entitled Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America by  Firoozeh Dumas.

Yes, I’ve finished Twilight, as recommended by Jenn. Found it to be entertaining and towards the end — scary! I actually had nightmares. Go figure.  I’m looking forward to reading the next installment (especially with Halloween coming up) but decided to take a little intermission with Funny in Farsi.

I’m enjoying Firoozeh’s book so much that I ordered a copy for my 14 year old niece. (Shh, it’s a surprise due to land on her doorstep any day now).  

The Library Journal puts it this way, “Today, as Middle Easterners in the United States are subject to racial profiling, stereotyping, and sometimes violence, this book provides a valuable glimpse into the immigrant experiences of one very entertaining family.” Simply, Firoozeh’s essays are warm and engaging.  It’s a page turner.

4 thoughts on “Birthday Gift

  1. Wow! What a coincidence! I am reading Funny In Farsi right now. I would imagine that it is tough being middle eastern in a post 9/11 America and that is awful. I am in med school in N. Idaho so you can imagine how diverse it is here. (eye roll)

  2. Thank you! You have fine taste in books.

    Keep reading!


    PS When you’re done with Funny in Farsi, there’s more. Check out Laughing Without an Accent. Gracias!

    Oh my goodness! Firoozeh, I’m absolutely delighted to “see you” here at my blog. I feel as if I’ve had a knock at the door from a famous author and my house is a mess. I would love to invite you in; but wish I had another few minutes to sweep for typos. :) You know? I’m so grateful for your comment. Wow!

    The fact is, when I read the first two paragraphs of your book, my eyes welled with tears. By the time I finished that first essay, I felt so lucky to be reading your work. It’s a beautiful piece of writing, and I’m looking forward to reading your next collection as well. I’m so happy that as a young lady, my niece will have the opportunity to read about your life. Thank you for enriching ours.

  3. Well now I’ve got one more book to add to my Amazon wish list. How cool is it that Firoozeh stopped by your blog Ruth? SUPER COOL! I put a shout out to George Strait on my blog and got bupkis! : )

    Particularly with all of your experiences living in new-to-you cultures, I bet this book would be a joy for you to read, Jenn. It’s a charming read. And yes, it’s so neat that Firoozeh stopped by! :)

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