With exuberance, warmth and humor, best selling author Firoozeh Dumas continues to amuse us with her new book Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American.
At home and abroad despite language barriers, culture shock, and the blending of traditions with her French husband, Dumas found that many of our commonalities with one another often outweigh our perceived differences- The Commonwealth Club of California
Firoozeh Dumas was born in Abadan, Iran and moved with her family 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.
Dumas grew up listening to her father, a former Fulbright Scholar, recount the many colorful stories of his life. In 2001, with no prior writing experience, Dumas decided to write her stories as a gift for her two children. Random House published these stories in 2003.
Funny in Farsi was on the SF Chronicle and LA Times bestseller lists and was a finalist for the PEN/USA award in 2004 and a finalist in 2005 for an Audie Award for best audio book (she lost to Bob Dylan). She is currently a finalist for the prestigious Thurber Prize for American Humor. She is the first Middle Eastern woman ever to receive this honor.
Critics and readers of all ages have loved her stories. Jimmy Carter called Funny in Farsi, "A humorous and introspective chronicle of a life filled with love of family, country and heritage."
Judy Miner is the President of Foothill Community College.
Firoozeh Dumas, author of the bestselling Funny in Farsi, discusses being nominated for the Thurber award running against Jon Stewart, and being bumped from CNN for the author of a book about female suicide bombers.