Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad

By Firoozeh Dumas

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

With dry wit and a daring spirit, Dumas places her personal targeted mark at the topics of relatives, neighborhood, and culture. She braves the unusual palate of her French-born husband and learns the nuances of getting her publication translated for Persian audiences (the censors edit out all references to ham). And alongside the best way, she reconciles her loved Iranian customs along 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 comprehend 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 fun 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 now not figuring out so well.’” On attempting to slot in along with her American friends: “At the time, my father drove a Buick LeSabre, a posh French observe which means ‘OPEC thank you you.’”

Dumas additionally files her first yr as a brand new mom, the familial chaos that ensues after she gets rid of the tv set from the home, the adventure of taking fifty-one kinfolk 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 proper, giggling with no an accessory exhibits how our adjustments can unite us–and offers indelible evidence that Firoozeh Dumas is a slapstick comedian of the top order.

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It unexpectedly dawned on me that many old-time Hollywood humans reside in Palm Springs, and perhaps this was once their assembly. Who else may belong to a company that met on the break of day? Wheeler-dealer Hollywood kinds who are looking to play golfing later on and wheel and deal, that’s who. those have been most likely humans in search of new expertise, the categories who, with one push of the speed-dial, may get me on a neighborhood yet influential cable convey hosted via a well-tanned and well-connected insider who might unfold the be aware approximately me on the tennis membership. subsequent factor i do know, I’m telling the non-public customer at Nordstrom that i would like a flattering monochromatic outfit for the morning exhibits. I permitted the invitation and made a reservation at a inn in Palm Springs for the subsequent week. My mom and dad, constantly searching for any excuse to go away their house, got here alongside. It have been years due to the fact I had shared a room with my mom and dad, and it'll be years, if ever, sooner than I do it back. My father, like so much males of a definite age, snores. My mom, like most girls of a definite age, has insomnia. As I lay at the couch mattress subsequent to my mom and dad’ king-size mattress, i used to be pressured to hear my father’s rhythmic sonata interrupted periodically via my mother’s voice: “Firoozeh, are you wakeful? i'm. ” 5 o’clock rolled round ultimately. We awakened my father, who declared the bed “one of the main cozy ever. ” all of us acquired dressed, grabbed the unused shampoo, conditioner, bathe cap, and stitching equipment and looked at of the resort. We arrived on the convention heart at 5:45 within the morning, simply as I were recommended. there have been approximately sixty humans there already, which shocked me, yet having said that, those humans didn’t fiddle. Our escort—a girl wearing a conservative swimsuit with a headscarf tied in a knot that in simple terms French ladies and flight attendants know the way to make—immediately greeted us. She gave us our preprinted identify tags and requested us to signal a record agreeing that we'd now not checklist the assembly or take any photographs. This was once a primary for me. She then led us to the breakfast buffet. “Here we've scrambled eggs, Canadian bacon, sausage, smoked ham, ham and cheese croissants, and prosciutto with figs,” she acknowledged. “I’m guessing now not loads of Jewish or Muslim contributors, huh? ” I quipped. “What do you suggest? ” she requested. “I’m simply kidding,” I stated, figuring out that if i must say “I’m simply kidding,” it’s a nasty signal. She regarded at a loss for words. “Not a pig left in Palm Springs,” I stated, throwing my head again with a faux jolly chortle. “Excuse me? ” she acknowledged, having a look harassed. “I simply stated that on account that there are such a lot of beef items at this breakfast and, frequently, Muslims and Jews don’t consume ham, it should appear that you simply don’t have loads of Jewish or Muslim participants. in fact i may be completely flawed, on the grounds that many Jews and Muslims devour ham, even if such a lot don’t, yet many do,” I acknowledged, thoroughly regretting each note I had uttered for the final mins. “Is challenge for you and your mom and dad? ” the lady requested, taking a look panicked.

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