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By Firoozeh Dumas

Within the bestselling memoir humorous in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas stated her adventures starting to be up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she back mines her wealthy Persian historical past in giggling with no an accessory, sharing tales either gentle and funny on being a citizen of the area, on her well-meaning relatives, and on fun cultural conundrums, all informed with insights into the universality of the human situation. (Hint: it may possibly need to do with brushing and flossing daily.)

With dry wit and a daring spirit, Dumas places her personal particular mark at the topics of relations, group, and culture. She braves the unusual palate of her French-born husband and learns the nuances of getting her e-book translated for Persian audiences (the censors edit out all references to ham). And alongside the way in which, she reconciles her liked Iranian customs together with her Western ideals.

Explaining crossover cultural meals fare, Dumas says, “The most eldritch American culinary marriage is yams with melted marshmallows. I don’t be aware of who considered this Thanksgiving culture, yet I’m guessing a hyperactive, toothless three-year-old.” On Iranian marriage ceremony anniversaries: “It simply at the start appeared atypical to have a good time the day that ‘our households made up our minds we should always marry even if I had by no means met you, and admittedly, it’s no longer understanding so well.’” On attempting to slot in together with her American friends: “At the time, my father drove a Buick LeSabre, a complicated French be aware that means ‘OPEC thank you you.’”

Dumas additionally files her first yr as a brand new mom, the familial chaos that ensues after she eliminates the tv set from the home, the adventure of taking fifty-one kin on a birthday cruise to Alaska, and a highway journey to Iowa with an American as soon as held hostage in Iran.

Droll, relocating, and correct, guffawing with out an accessory exhibits how our transformations can unite us–and offers indelible evidence that Firoozeh Dumas is a slapstick comedian of the top order.

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