Top Adoption – Funny in Farsi

funny in farsi

Winner, 2008 Spirit of America Award (National Council for the Social Studies)
Finalist, Thurber Prize for American Humor
Finalist, PEN/USA Award in Creative Non-Fiction
Finalist: Audie Award for best recording of a memoir, 2005

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.

Firoozeh is a dyanamic speaker whose coming-of-age story focuses on issues of identity, family, and discovery — themes universal to any student body.

This book has been adopted for the following programs:

Albuquerque Academy’s Year-long Project
Gallaudet University
Salisbury University, Maryland
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Cal State University, Sacramento
Cal State University, Bakersfield
Fairmont University, West Virginia
Bensenville, Illinois–2008
Berkeley Reads–2006
Brentwood City Read–2009
Cape Ann Community Reads–2006
Carlsbad Reads Together–2009
Lamorinda Reads (CA)–2008
One Book, One Whittier–2005
Orange County Reads One Book–2004
Palo Alto Reads–2006
The Big Read, Dayton, Ohio–2008
Wood Dale and Ithasca (IL)–2008


More information about the book may be found here.

Click here to order an examination copy.

Find out more about Firoozeh Dumas on her website.

For more information on bringing Ms. Dumas to your campus, e-mail


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