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Firoozeh Dumas
Firoozeh Dumas

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Firoozeh Dumas was born in Abadan, Iran, and moved to California at the age of seven. After a two-year stay, she and her family moved back to Iran and resided in Ahvaz and Tehran. Two years later, Dumas returned to California, where she later attended the University of California at Berkeley. Funny in Farsi is her first book.

The book was a finalist for both the PEN/USA Award in 2004 and the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and has been adopted in junior high, high school and college curricula throughout the nation. It has been selected for common reading programs at several universities including: California State Bakersfield, California State University at Sacramento, Fairmont State University in West Virginia, Gallaudet University, Salisbury University, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse and the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Dumas is also the author of Laughing Without an Accent, a collection of autobiographical essays published in May 2008. She currently lives with her husband and their three children in Northern California.

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Funny in Farsi
A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
Written by Firoozeh Dumas


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 13, 2004
Price: $15.00

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

Selected for Common Reading
Abilene Christian University
Albuquerque Academy's Year-long Project
Bunker Hill Community College
Gallaudet University
Salisbury University, Maryland
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, La... Read more >
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Funny in Farsi
A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
Written by Firoozeh Dumas


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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Laughing Without an Accent
Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad
Written by Firoozeh Dumas


Format: eBook
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: April 29, 2008
Price: $11.99

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Exam Copy
Laughing Without an Accent
Adventures of a Global Citizen
Written by Firoozeh Dumas


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $15.00

Selected for the 2010 Common Reading Program at the University of Minnesota, Duluth
Selected for The Big Read: New Hampshire–2010


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... Read more >
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