Funny in Farsi

Funny in Farsi
Author: Firoozeh Dumas
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2007-12-18
ISBN 10: 0307430995
ISBN 13: 9780307430991
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Funny in Farsi Book Review:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Finalist for the PEN/USA Award in Creative Nonfiction, the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and the Audie Award in Biography/Memoir This Random House Reader’s Circle edition includes a reading group guide and a conversation between Firoozeh Dumas and Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner! “Remarkable . . . told with wry humor shorn of sentimentality . . . In the end, what sticks with the reader is an exuberant immigrant embrace of America.”—San Francisco Chronicle 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. In a series of deftly drawn scenes, we watch the family grapple with American English (hot dogs and hush puppies?—a complete mystery), American traditions (Thanksgiving turkey?—an even greater mystery, since it tastes like nothing), and American culture (Firoozeh’s parents laugh uproariously at Bob Hope on television, although they don’t get the jokes even when she translates them into Farsi). Above all, this is an unforgettable story of identity, discovery, and the power of family love. It is a book that will leave us all laughing—without an accent. Praise for Funny in Farsi “Heartfelt and hilarious—in any language.”—Glamour “A joyful success.”—Newsday “What’s charming beyond the humor of this memoir is that it remains affectionate even in the weakest, most tenuous moments for the culture. It’s the brilliance of true sophistication at work.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review “Often hilarious, always interesting . . . Like the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, this book describes with humor the intersection and overlapping of two cultures.”—The Providence Journal “A humorous and introspective chronicle of a life filled with love—of family, country, and heritage.”—Jimmy Carter “Delightfully refreshing.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “[Funny in Farsi] brings us closer to discovering what it means to be an American.”—San Jose Mercury News

Funny in Farsi

Funny in Farsi
Author: Firoozeh Dumas
Publsiher: Perfection Learning
Total Pages: 214
Release: 2004-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780756983628
ISBN 13: 0756983622
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Funny in Farsi Book Review:

Memoir of an Iranian girl growing up in southern California during the 1970s and 1980s.

Laughing Without an Accent

Laughing Without an Accent
Author: Firoozeh Dumas
Publsiher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2009-08-11
ISBN 10: 0345499573
ISBN 13: 9780345499578
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Laughing Without an Accent Book Review:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “There’s such warmth to Dumas’ writing that it invites the reader to pull up a seat at her table and smile right along with her at the quirks of her family and Iranians and Americans in general.”—Booklist In the New York Times 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 into the universality of the human condition. (Hint: It may have to do with brushing and flossing daily.) With dry wit and a bold spirit, Dumas puts her own unique mark on the themes of family, community, and tradition. She braves the uncommon palate of her French-born husband and learns the nuances of having her book translated for Persian audiences (the censors edit out all references to ham). And along the way, she reconciles her beloved Iranian customs with her Western ideals. Explaining crossover cultural food fare, Dumas says, “The weirdest American culinary marriage is yams with melted marshmallows. I don’t know who thought of this Thanksgiving tradition, but I’m guessing a hyperactive, toothless three-year-old.” On Iranian wedding anniversaries: “It just initially seemed odd to celebrate the day that ‘our families decided we should marry even though I had never met you, and frankly, it’s not working out so well.’” On trying to fit in with her American peers: “At the time, my father drove a Buick LeSabre, a fancy French word meaning ‘OPEC thanks you.’” Dumas also documents her first year as a new mother, the familial chaos that ensues after she removes the television set from the house, the experience of taking fifty-one family members on a birthday cruise to Alaska, and a road trip to Iowa with an American once held hostage in Iran. Droll, moving, and relevant, Laughing Without an Accent shows how our differences can unite us—and provides indelible proof that Firoozeh Dumas is a humorist of the highest order. Praise for Laughing Without an Accent “Dumas is one of those rare people: a naturally gifted storyteller.”—Alexander McCall Smith “Laughing Without an Accent is written . . . as if Dumas were sharing a cup of coffee with her reader as she relates her comic tales. . . . Firoozeh Dumas exudes undeniable charm [as she] reveals a zeal for culture—both new and old—and the enduring bonds of a family filled with outsize personalities.”—San Francisco Chronicle “[Dumas is] like a blend of Anne Lamott and Erma Bombeck.”—Bust “Humorous without being sentimental, [Dumas] speaks to the American experience.”—The Plain Dealer

It Ain t So Awful Falafel

It Ain t So Awful  Falafel
Author: Firoozeh Dumas
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2016-05-03
ISBN 10: 054461237X
ISBN 13: 9780544612372
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

It Ain t So Awful Falafel Book Review:

Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can't distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home. A poignant yet lighthearted middle grade debut from the author of the best-selling Funny in Farsi.

Santa Olivia

Santa Olivia
Author: Jacqueline Carey
Publsiher: Grand Central Publishing
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2009-05-29
ISBN 10: 0446551414
ISBN 13: 9780446551410
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Santa Olivia Book Review:

Lushly written with rich and vivid characters, SANTA OLIVIA is Jacqueline Carey's take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth. Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia, an isolated, disenfranchised town next to a US military base inside a DMZ buffer zone between Texas and Mexico. A fugitive "Wolf-Man" who had a love affair with a local woman, Loup's father was one of a group of men genetically-manipulated and used by the US government as a weapon. The "Wolf-Men" were engineered to have superhuman strength, speed, sensory capability, stamina, and a total lack of fear, and Loup, named for and sharing her father's wolf-like qualities, is marked as an outsider. After her mother dies, Loup goes to live among the misfit orphans at the parish church, where they seethe from the injustices visited upon the locals by the soldiers. Eventually, the orphans find an outlet for their frustrations: They form a vigilante group to support Loup Garron who, costumed as their patron saint, Santa Olivia, uses her special abilities to avenge the town. Aware that she could lose her freedom, and possibly her life, Loup is determined to fight to redress the wrongs her community has suffered. And like the reincarnation of their patron saint, she will bring hope to all of Santa Olivia.

Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Darius the Great Is Not Okay
Author: Adib Khorram
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2018-08-28
ISBN 10: 0525552987
ISBN 13: 9780525552987
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Darius the Great Is Not Okay Book Review:

Darius doesn't think he'll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable debut introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary YA. Winner of the William C. Morris Debut Award “Heartfelt, tender, and so utterly real. I’d live in this book forever if I could.” —Becky Albertalli, award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s a Fractional Persian—half, his mom’s side—and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life. Darius has never really fit in at home, and he’s sure things are going to be the same in Iran. His clinical depression doesn’t exactly help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes. Soon, they’re spending their days together, playing soccer, eating faludeh, and talking for hours on a secret rooftop overlooking the city’s skyline. Sohrab calls him Darioush—the original Persian version of his name—and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he’s Darioush to Sohrab. Adib Khorram’s brilliant debut is for anyone who’s ever felt not good enough—then met a friend who makes them feel so much better than okay.

Funny in Farsi

Funny in Farsi
Author: Firoozeh Dumas
Publsiher: Everbind
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2011-04-01
ISBN 10: 9780784834091
ISBN 13: 0784834091
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Funny in Farsi Book Review:

The Routledge Introductory Persian Course

The Routledge Introductory Persian Course
Author: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi,Dominic Parviz Brookshaw
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 290
Release: 2019-10-24
ISBN 10: 135102065X
ISBN 13: 9781351020657
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Routledge Introductory Persian Course Book Review:

The Routledge Introductory Persian Course: Farsi Shirin Ast, Second Edition, is an innovative course designed for students who are new to the language. Focusing on grammatical and communicative competence, the course contains 15 lessons combining dialogues and texts with grammar explanations, exercises and audio materials to guide and support the student through the key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Key features include: Lively, content-based materials – the language is taught and practiced through a variety of dialogues and texts on the culture, history, and traditions of Iran Complete vocabulary lists – each vocabulary entry contains the English meaning, the part of the speech in Persian, as well as a sample sentence in Persian Colloquial situational dialogues – students are introduced to spoken Persian from the outset Carefully controlled exercises – new grammatical points are practiced in a variety of controlled exercises that bridge between students’ existing information and the new information Audio material – students can develop natural pronunciation by imitating the audio recordings of the vocabulary, dialogues, and texts available freely online Glossaries – comprehensive Persian to English and English to Persian glossaries. The course provides everything that students and instructors need for an engaging and effective learning environment. Revised and updated, this new edition includes more vocabulary and grammar activities, and clearer learning outcomes.

The Routledge Intermediate Persian Course

The Routledge Intermediate Persian Course
Author: Dominic Parviz Brookshaw,Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 231
Release: 2013-05-20
ISBN 10: 1136337520
ISBN 13: 9781136337529
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Routledge Intermediate Persian Course Book Review:

The Routledge Intermediate Persian Course: Farsi Shirin Ast, Book Two is the first intermediate level Persian textbook written specifically for English-speaking university students that makes use of up-to-date pedagogical techniques, and stresses the importance of communicative competence. The diversity of the texts in this textbook helps to familiarize students with a range of literary genres, and provides them with the necessary building blocks to continue reading on their own. One of the distinctive features of this book is the approach to language learning it is based on; all the material contained in it is geared towards a content-based and task-based approach to learning the language. This approach enhances a student-centred class environment. As with The Routledge Introductory Persian Course, all the texts in this volume are available online in the form of audio files. These texts are recorded by native speakers and available for instructors and students to download freely at http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415691376/. The Routledge Intermediate Persian Course: Farsi Shirin Ast, Book Two follows on where the first textbook ends and is ideal for all intermediate learners of Persian in their second year of study. .

My Uncle Napoleon

My Uncle Napoleon
Author: Iraj Pezeshkzad
Publsiher: Modern Library
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2006-04-11
ISBN 10: 0812974433
ISBN 13: 9780812974430
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

My Uncle Napoleon Book Review:

The most beloved Iranian novel of the twentieth century “God forbid, I’ve fallen in love with Layli!” So begins the farce of our narrator’s life, one spent in a large extended Iranian family lorded over by the blustering, paranoid patriarch, Dear Uncle Napoleon. When Uncle Napoleon’s least-favorite nephew falls for his daughter, Layli, family fortunes are reversed, feuds fired up and resolved, and assignations attempted and thwarted. First published in Iran in the 1970s and adapted into a hugely successful television series, this beloved novel is now “Suggested Reading” in Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran. My Uncle Napoleon is a timeless and universal satire of first love and family intrigue.

I Was Their American Dream

I Was Their American Dream
Author: Malaka Gharib
Publsiher: Clarkson Potter
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2019-03-26
ISBN 10: 0525575111
ISBN 13: 9780525575115
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

I Was Their American Dream Book Review:

A triumphant tale of self-discovery, a celebration of a family's rich heritage, and a love letter to American immigrant freedom. I Was Their American Dream is at once a journal of growing up and a reminder of the thousands of immigrants who come to America in search for a better life for themselves and their children. The daughter of parents with unfulfilled dreams themselves, Malaka navigated her childhood chasing her parents' ideals, learning to code-switch between her family's Filipino and Egyptian customs, adapting to white culture to fit in, crushing on skater boys, and trying to understand the tension between holding onto cultural values and trying to be an all-American kid. In a graphic novel format, Malaka Gharib's illustrations bring to life her teenage antics and illuminate earnest questions about identity and culture, while providing thoughtful insight into the lives of modern immigrants and the generation of millennial children they raised. Malaka's upbringing will look familiar to anyone who grew up in the pre-internet era, but her particular story is a heartfelt tribute to the American immigrants who have invested their future in the promise of the American dream.

Candide

Candide
Author: Voltaire Voltaire
Publsiher: Xist Publishing
Total Pages: 131
Release: 2016-04-02
ISBN 10: 1681959526
ISBN 13: 9781681959528
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Candide Book Review:

Candide by Voltaire from Coterie Classics All Coterie Classics have been formatted for ereaders and devices and include a bonus link to the free audio book. “Do you believe,' said Candide, 'that men have always massacred each other as they do to-day, that they have always been liars, cheats, traitors, ingrates, brigands, idiots, thieves, scoundrels, gluttons, drunkards, misers, envious, ambitious, bloody-minded, calumniators, debauchees, fanatics, hypocrites, and fools?' Do you believe,' said Martin, 'that hawks have always eaten pigeons when they have found them?” ― Voltaire, Candide Candide is a young man who is raised in wealth to be an optimist but when he is forced to make his own way in the world, his assumptions and outlook are challenged.

1001 Persian English Proverbs

1001 Persian English Proverbs
Author: Simin K. Habibian
Publsiher: Ibex Publishers, Inc.
Total Pages: 287
Release: 2002
ISBN 10: 1588140210
ISBN 13: 9781588140210
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

1001 Persian English Proverbs Book Review:

SIMIN HABIBIAN has collected 1001 of the most well known Persian proverbs and has found the equivalent or similar of each in English. She has also included a literal translation of each proverb in English, to help the reader and so that the cultural similarities and differences can be seen. In addition, 1001 Persian-English Proverbs includes 111 more proverbs illustrated. The reader can guess which proverb it refers to. An answer key in the back tells the reader which proverb the illustration represents. The book is suited for those learning Persian (Farsi) and for second generation Iranian-Americans who wish to further expand their understanding of their mother language and culture. The reader who does not read or speak Persian will find it a pleasant read.

The Day My Mommy Quit

The Day My Mommy Quit
Author: Kally Mayer,Mindy Liang
Publsiher: CreateSpace
Total Pages: 34
Release: 2013-11-17
ISBN 10: 9781494203498
ISBN 13: 1494203499
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Day My Mommy Quit Book Review:

The Day My Mommy Quit! Funny Rhyming Picture Book for Beginner Readers (Suitable for ages 2-8) Beautifully Illustrated Story that will have both parents and children laughing out loud! Find out what happens to this family when Mom gets fed up and decides to stop doing all the chores. How will the family cope when they are so used to Mom doing so much for them? What happens next is hilarious, but also includes a valuable lesson for the whole family, even the cat and dog! What would you do if your Mommy quit on you? You and your children will love how the family resolves this issue in this adorable and humorous tale. Scroll up and order your copy now! Receive the kindle version FREE when ordering your print copy.

How I Wrote 2 E Books in 21 Days

How I Wrote 2 E Books in 21 Days
Author: Glen Stanford
Publsiher: Stanford & Stanford
Total Pages: 148
Release: 2013-03
ISBN 10: 9780988981928
ISBN 13: 0988981920
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How I Wrote 2 E Books in 21 Days Book Review:

Ride the hilarious roller coaster with Glen Stanford as he follows Steve Scott's plan in "How to Write a Nonfiction e-Book in 21 Days " Not one to let the writing process cramp his style, this ukulele-playing bluegrass-singing YouTube sensation (32 views and counting) juggles his new-found fame with astonishing persistence to produce not one, but two works of genius. This is the true story. The (secret) recipe for success: Writer's buzz - 1oz Sleepless nights - 2oz Tenacity (and beer) - 7 (units left deliberately vague) Irreverence and political incorrectness - to taste Espresso - administered intravenously - 55 gal Pizza (1/2 pepperoni, 1/2 mushroom) - 37 slices Humility - a whole bunch Blend and enjoy.

Breaking Through

Breaking Through
Author: Francisco Jimenez,Francisco Jiménez
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 195
Release: 2001
ISBN 10: 9780618011735
ISBN 13: 0618011730
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Breaking Through Book Review:

Having come from Mexico to California ten years ago, fourteen-year-old Francisco is still working in the fields but fighting to improve his life and complete his education.

About My Mother

About My Mother
Author: Peggy Rowe
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2018-11-13
ISBN 10: 1948677172
ISBN 13: 9781948677172
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

About My Mother Book Review:

A Message from Mike Rowe, the Dirty Jobs Guy: Just to be clear, About My Mother is a book about my grandmother, written by my mother. That’s not to say it’s not about my mother—it is. In fact, About My Mother is as much about my mother as it is about my grandmother. In that sense, it’s really a book about “mothers.” …It is not, however, a book written by me. True, I did write the foreword. But it doesn’t mean I’ve written a book about my mother. I haven’t. Nor does it mean my mother’s book is about her son. It isn’t. It’s about my grandmother. And my mother. Just to be clear.—Mike A love letter to mothers everywhere, About My Mother will make you laugh and cry—and see yourself in its reflection. Peggy Rowe’s story of growing up as the daughter of Thelma Knobel is filled with warmth and humor. But Thelma could be your mother—there’s a Thelma in everyone’s life. Shes the person taking charge—the one who knows instinctively how things should be. Today Thelma would be described as an alpha personality, but while growing up, her daughter Peggy saw her as a dictator—albeit a benevolent, loving one. They clashed from the beginning—Peggy, the horse-crazy tomboy, and Thelma, the genteel-yet-still-controlling mother, committed to raising two refined, ladylike daughters. Good luck. When major league baseball came to town in the early 1950s and turned sophisticated Thelma into a crazed Baltimore Orioles groupie, nobody was more surprised and embarrassed than Peggy. Life became a series of compromises—Thelma tolerating a daughter who pitched manure and galloped the countryside, while Peggy learned to tolerate the whacky Orioles fan who threw her underwear at the television, shouted insults at umpires, and lived by the orange-and-black schedule taped to the refrigerator door. Sometimes, we’re more alike than we know. And in case you’re wondering, Peggy knows a thing or two about dirty jobs herself…

Taking Cover

Taking Cover
Author: Nioucha Homayoonfar
Publsiher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2019-01-08
ISBN 10: 1426333684
ISBN 13: 9781426333682
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Taking Cover Book Review:

This coming-of-age memoir, set during the Iranian Revolution, tells the true story of a young girl who moves to Tehran from the U.S. and has to adjust to living in a new country, learning a new language, and starting a new school during one of the most turbulent periods in Iran's history. When five-year-old Nioucha Homayoonfar moves from the U.S. to Iran in 1976, its open society means a life with dancing, women's rights, and other freedoms. But soon the revolution erupts and the rules of life in Iran change. Religion classes become mandatory. Nioucha has to cover her head and wear robes. Opinions at school are not welcome. Her cousin is captured and tortured after he is caught trying to leave the country. And yet, in the midst of so much change and challenge, Nioucha is still just a girl who wants to play with her friends, please her parents, listen to pop music, and, eventually, have a boyfriend. Will she ever get used to this new culture? Can she break the rules without consequences? Nioucha's story sheds light on the timely conversation about religious, political, and social freedom, publishing in time for the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution.

I m Just Happy to Be Here

I m Just Happy to Be Here
Author: Janelle Hanchett
Publsiher: Hachette Books
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018-05-01
ISBN 10: 0316549436
ISBN 13: 9780316549431
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

I m Just Happy to Be Here Book Review:

"A refreshingly raw, contrasting perspective on the foolproof idea of motherhood."--POPSUGAR "By turns painful and funny... A searingly candid memoir."--Kirkus "Far from your cookie-cutter story of addiction... [I'm Just Happy to Be Here] describes Hanchett's journey to recovery and sobriety in imperfect and unconventional ways."--Bustle In this unflinching and wickedly funny memoir, Janelle Hanchett tells the story of finding her way home. And then, actually staying there. Drawing us into the wild, heartbreaking mind of the addict, Hanchett carries us from motherhood at 21 with a man she'd known three months to cubicles and whiskey-laden domesticity, from judging meth addicts in rehab to therapists who "seem to pull diagnoses out of large, expensive hats." With warmth, wit, and searing B.S. detectors turned mostly toward herself, Hanchett invites us to laugh when we probably shouldn't and to rejoice at the unconventional redemption she finds in desperation and in a misfit mentor who forces her to see the truth of herself. A story of ego and forced humility, of fierce honesty and jagged love, of the kind of failure that forces us to re-create our lives, Hanchett writes with rare candor, scorching the "sanctity of motherhood," and leaving beauty in the ashes.

Pilgrim Bell

Pilgrim Bell
Author: Kaveh Akbar
Publsiher: Graywolf Press
Total Pages: 80
Release: 2021-08-03
ISBN 10: 1644451522
ISBN 13: 9781644451526
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pilgrim Bell Book Review:

Kaveh Akbar’s exquisite, highly anticipated follow-up to Calling a Wolf a Wolf With formal virtuosity and ruthless precision, Kaveh Akbar’s second collection takes its readers on a spiritual journey of disavowal, fiercely attendant to the presence of divinity where artifacts of self and belonging have been shed. How does one recover from addiction without destroying the self-as-addict? And if living justly in a nation that would see them erased is, too, a kind of self-destruction, what does one do with the body’s question, “what now shall I repair?” Here, Akbar responds with prayer as an act of devotion to dissonance—the infinite void of a loved one’s absence, the indulgence of austerity, making a life as a Muslim in an Islamophobic nation—teasing the sacred out of silence and stillness. Richly crafted and generous, Pilgrim Bell’s linguistic rigor is tuned to the register of this moment and any moment. As the swinging soul crashes into its limits, against the atrocities of the American empire, and through a profoundly human capacity for cruelty and grace, these brilliant poems dare to exist in the empty space where song lives—resonant, revelatory, and holy.