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Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad (Funny in Farsi #2)

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In the bestselling memoir Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas recounted her adventures growing up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she again mines her rich Persian heritage in Laughing Without an Accent, sharing stories both tender and humorous on being a citizen of the world, on her well-meaning family, and on amusing cultural conundrums, all told with insights int ...more
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Villard (first published 2008)
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ريلى؟! ريلى خانم جزايرى؟! واقعا بايد اينطورى مى بود؟ (فعل جايگزينى پيدا نکردم براش!)
کتاب هييييچى نداشت! :|
ميدونم که خيلى بده که قبل خوندن يه کتاب توقع داشته باشم ازش, ولى ديگه فکر نمى کردم انقدر بد باشه!
من عاشق عطر سنبل عطر کاج بودم - به معناى واقعى کلمه عاشق! - و اصلا نمى تونم درک کنم که نويسنده اون کتاب با اين, يکى ه!
صرفا يه سرى ماجراها رو روايت کرد و فکر کرد چون داستان هاى ساده زندگى هستن خيلى ئم جذابن! ولى واقعا نبودن!!
خيلى ناراضى بودم ازش؛ ن-ا-ر-ا-ض-ى
this book had no dead mothers in it but it still made me miss my mom so much. i wished i had read it while still living at home because this was a book i would have practically read aloud to her in high school. It's so funny in a way that just begs to be shared. and when it's not its being sentimental in the BEST way possible. my only complaint is that it's a series of short stories instead of a complete narrative which is really a pity because i want to know all the details. Also, there is only ...more
So I think you can imagine that an Iranian immigrant married to a French gentleman with a large extended family who has lived in the Berkeley, CA area might have some funny stories to tell. She does! Her book is personable, smart and fun. It also certainly had me pegged as a Westerner who has no interest in drinking bovine urine. I am somewhat adventurous in my culinary and gastronomic indulgences, but I hope never to have to drink pee from any animal.
Firoozeh Dumas has done it again--her gentle humor is revealed through each of the short stories detailing her life experiences as an Iranian-American, and the quirks of her extended, supportive family. Sort of like a female, Iranian-American David Sedaris with a little less bite.

Here are some of my favorite parts:
"When Farshid and I arrived at the library, we went into a huge room filled with children's books. I had never seen so many books just for children in one place. I picked the smallest
Firoozeh boasts that she would be the ideal party guest. She does have a gift of finding common ground with people. Not sure how she pulls it off. But she a warming wit that avoids being nasty. OK, she does take some punches at her family and Lindsay Lohan.

This is a collection of short stories which jump all over the place in time line and subject. Normally, I dislike this format making the pace choppy and shallow. Somehow she delightfully writes her way to something delightful.

Here is my favor
I gather from the last story in this collection that the point of this book is to bring cultures together, so I'm puzzled and a bit disappointed that the author chose to stereotype "Americans" throughout the book. Especially since the stories demonstrate that she and her family are about as suburban American as you can get. In fact, I'd say most of the stories would serve better as the plots for mildly amusing American sitcom episodes (e.g. an entire story about a comforter being an ugly color, ...more
کتاب خیلی خوبی بود. نویسنده نکات جالبی از زندگی خودش در ایران و آمریکا رو آورده بود. چندین بار وقت خوندن کتاب واقعن دلم خواست منم مثل نویسنده می‌تونستم وقایع زندگیمو این‌ظوری برای بقیه بگم.
Jul 21, 2008 Fuschia rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Fuschia by: B&N browsing, enjoyed her 1st novel
I remember enjoying her first novel, Funny in Farsi, five years ago. Happened upon her latest in the bookstore and picked it up. I have to say I was disappointed. The star of her stories is really her father....and the author comes off somehow whiny in this book. This book also seemed to have an agenda at times, knowing now it will be translated/sell widely in Iran. I would recommend Funny in Farsi, but not this one.
لازم نيست-در حال حاضر-بدانيد بقيه ى عمرتان را چطور بگذرانيد.
Now I have to go back and read Funny in Farsi because I enjoyed this book so much! Firoozeh Dumas has so many funny stories to share about the quirks of her Iranian immigrant family, and she focuses on how her native and adopted cultures are more alike and can share more than they think. Mothers are mothers in every culture, and relatives can be just as crazy, whether in LA or Tehran.
Feb 15, 2010 Marie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any and all
Once again Firoozeh entertains with her witty and original metaphors, and her funny word pictures of family ironies. And yet there is tenderness and gratitude. I love the title. Humor, joy, and good family life can be appreciated across cultures. It is fun to laugh at some of the idiosyncracies of American cultures and to get a glimpse and appreciation of Iranian culture.
Emily Boerner
Well, maybe it's a little too close to my experience growing up half greek and half irish. This is a retrospective about an ordinary life, an ordinary wife and mother with an interesting background and perspective. Humorous at times. I saw her speak in Boise and was a little surprised that she recited almost all the same stories from the book. She needs new material!
I wish there was a book like this from every country in the world. This book is a simple collection of family memories shared by an Iranian immigrant--but the writing and storytelling is very well done. Each chapter is entertaining and endearing. By the end of the book you will feel like you have truly become acquainted with the author.
I recalled having liked Funny in Farsi a lot when I read it years ago, but didn't remember the exact details when I started this one, which didn't matter as it stood alone just fine. Dumas' humor was dead-on, keeping the reader laughing with her family all along, never at them!
Pouya Dakhili
It is utterly different from anything I have read so far. When I started it, I didn't know it is so amazing. The biographical elements accompanied with appropriate allusions here and there made the experience of reading enjoyable.
دلیل دوست نداشتنم صرفا ترجمه بود. به نظر میرسید مترجمش تاحالا کار ترجمه داستان انجام نداده. فعل های غلط، جمله های بی نهایت ادبی به سبک قدیمی و ... اینا باعث میشد هیچ لذتی ازش نبری.
Shayda Salaravand
اصلن توصیه ش نمی کنم... یه مشت خاطره ی لوسه.. البته من ترجمه ی فارسی شو خوندم چون انگلیسیشو پیدا نکردم.. ترجمه ش خیلی خیلی بد بود
Liza Lawler
Awesome! So funny and interesting. She's a great storyteller.
This is a book I'd like to add to "great nursing titles" - i.e. books with short chapters that you look forward to reading but can be easily put down when a baby needs fed. Having not read Funny in Farsi, I can't compare to two texts, but I can say that I wholeheartedly enjoyed this one. It wasn't laugh out loud funny, but Dumas' consistently humorous, erudite observations of the differences between American and immigrant families are wonderful.

My favorite chapter was the one about Christmas -
Elevate Difference
Laughing without an Accent is Firoozeh Dumas’s second book, after her debut memoir Funny in Farsi. Dumas is an Iranian-American who writes about the similarities and differences in Iranian cultures through her own experiences growing up in Iran and America. The book is a compilation of twenty-eight vignettes which span her life in both countries. The vignettes portray her childhood, adolescence, and adulthood in the most memorable ways, usually leaving the reader with a smile or laugh before eag ...more
Jill Furedy
See my review of her first book. Ditto.
Lightly amusing tales of kooky relatives, who just hapoen to be immigrants. I've been spoiled by Anne Lamott and Robert Fulgham, who can deliver the tears just sentences away from the laughter and vice versa. So perhaps I judge these stories by comparing them to others rather than just enjoying them for what the are. But I thought the story of dealing with her grandmothers death might be more heartfelt and instead she skirts around the emotion and tells u
The only thing I found disheartening about this book is that the author tended to state 'Americans' and 'America' as a whole, such as "America is the only country that...". I would have preferred it if the author had rather stated "in my opinion most Americans" or "in my experience, America is a country that...". I thought it was a little hypocritical to write a book that condemns stereotyping and lumping of all Iranians together by doing the same to Americans.
Overall, I really liked this book.
I was so disappointed in this. I'm surprised Dumas has been able to make a living as a writer, because, while she has wonderful material to start with, she doesn't seem to know what to do with it. There's no grace to her writing, no artistry. She relates each story as though she's telling it to a friend she just bumped into in the grocery store, complete with backtracks and repeats as she tries to fill in the details. Towards the end of the book, she does seem to attempt to provide some moral to ...more
I remember enjoying the author's first book of stories, Funny in Farsi, when it first came out years ago, so I was excited to read the follow-up. Being born in Iran, immigrating to the U.S. as a kid, and living with a crazy family makes for interesting stories; Firoozeh Dumas has a great way with words, which does justice to the tales and keeps them entertaining. The best part of the book were the short stories about her family, like the time her dad had to buy cheap furniture when an office got ...more
Part of what I loved about the author's first book was her effective use of a changing voice as she grew from bewildered child to astute adult. It also seems there are fewer culture-specific observations but the book is no less rich. In this offering, Dumas shares more about her college years through young adulthood, marriage, and children. Her husband is a French man she met in the international dorm at college. As such I thought the author might have some interesting things to say since they a ...more
Ara Stepanian
One of the most boring and useless books I ever read, if Firouzeh Dumas became a best seller author with these kind of books, then maybe everybody can be. When somebody doesn't interested in any topic in life, such as sports, music, having fun, TV and and and, then just imagine what will be interesting and exciting in her life? she advised everybody to ignore watching TV, but I think with watching TV you will learn 1000 times more than this book, also she mentioned several times that she speak E ...more

Firoozeh Dumas is an Iranian-American married to a Frenchman, and now a writer, speaker, and mom of three. A few years ago, I enjoyed reading her first book, Funny in Farsi, a collection of stories about moving to the U.S. as a child and viewing life through an immigrant family's eyes. Laughing Without an Accent is more focused on Dumas' recent years in the U.S.

Dumas shares stories about the difficulties of getting her first book translated into Persian (
Maria (Ri)
My review for Armchair Interviews:

Humor isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when talking about Iranian Americans, but Firoozeh Dumas may just change that! Each vignette highlights the craziness both of her family and of various cultures – American, Iranian and French. She writes with such conversational ease, as if telling you a funny story over a cup of tea. Each family member is drawn with clarity, as if you’ve known them all along. Her family is like a favorite sitcom family – fa
A charming, light read. Dumas is both witty and insightful. I enjoyed reading about her Iranian culture juxtaposed with familiar elements of my American culture. Though the book is primarily comprised of humorous vignettes from throughout her lifetime, my favorite chapter was a more pensive one at the end about time she spent with Kathy Koob, one of the Americans held captive in Dumas' homeland during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Dumas described how Koob's Lutheran faith had helped her to forgive ...more
Jul 07, 2008 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Jeff by: NPR
Laughing Without an Accent is Firoozeh Dumas’ second book and it is a treat. I found this book to be a little less funny and she shows a little bit more of an edge than in Funny in Farsi. I like skipping around and reading her chapters out of sequence. The chapter, Victoria’s Hajib, is a great discussion on how American Culture is robbing little girls of their childhood by only offering them dressing options that prepare them for a career at Hooters. Dumas goes on to give a logical discussion of ...more
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Firoozeh Dumas was born in Abadan, Iran and moved to Whittier, California at the age of seven. After a two-year stay, she and her family moved back to Iran and lived in Ahvaz and Tehran. Two years later, they moved back to Whittier, then to Newport Beach. Firoozeh then attended UC Berkeley where she met and married a Frenchman.
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“Ever since we had arrived in the United States, my classmates kept asking me about magic carpets.
- They don't exist-I always said. I was wrong. Magic carpets do exist. But they are called library cards.”
“The bible is foreign to me, but its concepts are not. My father always said that hatred is a waste and never an option. He learned this growing up in Ahwaz, Iran, in a Muslim household. I have tried my best to pass the same message to my children, born and raised in the United States. Ultimately, it doesn't matter where we learn that lesson. It's just important that we do.” 3 likes
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