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Funny in Farsi
Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America | Firoozeh Dumas
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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 Readers 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 fathers 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 Dumass 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 (Firoozehs parents laugh uproariously at Bob Hope on television, although they dont 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 laughingwithout an accent. Praise for Funny in Farsi Heartfelt and hilariousin any language.Glamour A joyful success.Newsday Whats charming beyond the humor of this memoir is that it remains affectionate even in the weakest, most tenuous moments for the culture. Its 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 loveof 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 From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Smarkies
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Celebrating the fact that I finished one row on the #nonfiction2019 bingo card with the tagged book which marked off the "something from another country" as she writes about their life in Iran and then in the US.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa This book is sitting on my TBR shelf! I really need to get to it soon! 2w
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Smarkies
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Pickpick

Had the audiobook of this and enjoyed the author's narration of it as she does her family's accents 😂😂
Also noting this book as #somethingfromanothercountry for #nonfiction2019
#NFNov
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Smarkies
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Spending some time on a plane soon so have loaded up some audiobooks. This one is up next.
#NFNov
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Plaidsticks
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Pickpick

Again with the time thing (finished in July). An easy to listen memoir. #audiobook

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Megabooks
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Sorry you‘re feeling down @Clwojick ! #petsandrecs Here is my 16-year-old pup Henry Clay taking a nap this second! (He naps a lot 😉)

This is a great #audiobook. Funny, touching, short. Kind of a female, Persian David Sedaris. Perfect pick-me-up! 👌🏻 I hope you feel better soon.

Reviewsbylola What a sweetheart. 🥰 6mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Thank you! 😘 (edited) 6mo
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KathyWheeler
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1/ While not laugh-out-loud funny, Funny in Farsi is still funny.
2/ I swam 2800 yards; it‘s been a long time since I‘ve done that. 🏊🏻‍♂️
3/ Italian
4/ Between 12-20; I‘m not positive as I‘ve never counted them all.
5/ Anyone who‘s reading this.

#friyayintro @howjessreads

BarbaraTheBibliophage Wowza—2800 in one session? That‘s awwweesome! 7mo
KathyWheeler @BarbaraTheBibliophage I was pretty thrilled about that. 😊 7mo
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Megabooks
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Pickpick

This is a fantastic memoir about growing up Iranian in America both before and after the revolution. It‘s non-chronological essays in a style similar to David Sedaris. I enjoy all manner of books by immigrants, but sometimes you just need a funny one, especially now.

The narration is excellent, and I‘m considering purchasing her second book from #audible. 4.5⭐️

#audiobook

Reviewsbylola Funny is always good! 8mo
Victoriahoperose Loved this! 8mo
Megabooks @Victoriahoperose 😁👍🏻 8mo
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Megabooks
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I‘m loving this! I decided to try something funny I had not read. This is been on my TBR for at least two years! She has a really great voice and fantastic comedic timing!

🤞🏻🤞🏻 for good mri news tomorrow!

Cinfhen I‘ve been meaning to read this....good luck 💚💚💚 8mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen It‘s very funny! Thanks, friend!! 💙😘 I‘ll post a picture of my next paint by sticker. I‘m doing music icons, and this one makes me think of you! 8mo
Cinfhen Hehe!!! I‘m expecting someone special 😜 #OnceAnEightiesGirlAlwaysAnEightiesGirl 8mo
Crazeedi This sounds very good. 8mo
Megabooks @Crazeedi It is really funny! 8mo
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Victoriahoperose
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Pickpick

Super engaging and funny memoir from a woman who grew up as an immigrant from Iran in a time when this started to become tough. I really liked her humor and honesty. Such a strong voice and a lot of really interesting things in this book!

mreads Thanks for the review I've had this on my kindle for awhile, should try and get to it 11mo
Victoriahoperose @mreads it was good! A quick read, too. Definitely good if you want something that will make you laugh. 11mo
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Kathrin
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Dumas has some pretty interesting stories to tell, but I think I went into it expecting something more LOL and it just wasn't like that for me.

To learn more about the Iranian culture and the immigrant experience in the USA, this is still very interesting and entertaining and definitely worth your time.

I changed my rating now from 4 to 3 and back to 4 stars...

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Farzad_Poodineh
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Pickpick

If you really want to find out more information about the Iranian people and our rich culture, I highly recommend it.

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Erynecki
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Pickpick

This is a collection of lighthearted essays about her family‘s move in 1972 from Iran to Southern California. Dumas writes about how her father‘s decision to take a two year consulting gig in California impacted the family and her view of the world. Most of the vignettes are quirky and fun.There are some about the family‘s experiences during the Iranian hostage crisis that explore issues of xenophobia and cross-cultural misunderstandings.

Tanisha_A Sounds good! Stacked! 😀 1y
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Farzad_Poodineh
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This comedy book is about the life of a girl who traveled with her family to USA and she tells funny stories about how people treat to Iranian people. Give it a try. It might change your opinion either.

Libby1 Welcome to Litsy! ❤️📚❤️ 1y
Farzad_Poodineh @Libby1 Thanks 😇 💗 1y
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DGRachel
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1️⃣ Mommy‘s finally coming home!! And we‘re going to the Kings Drive Art Walk
2️⃣ donuts
3️⃣ the tagged book is the only one I‘ve finished so far
4️⃣ #Bailey #dogsoflitsy
5️⃣ @dsfisher

#friyayintro

TrishB Have a great weekend 👍🏻 2y
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Mehso-so

I listened to this audiobook narrated by the author in its entirety today. I had hoped for something as entertaining as Born a Crime, but was disappointed. There are some interesting anecdotes and a few laugh out loud moments, but the author‘s voice got on my nerves.

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thelizflynn
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Trying to get through some of my backlist/#tbr and clear out my bookshelf! I got this for $1 at my library bookstore, and it‘s charming and funny. I‘ll probably keep this book since I‘m enjoying it so much. There goes my plan of spring cleaning my shelves...😵 #litsyatoz

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KathyWheeler
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February wrap up:
Total: 15
Ebooks: 4
Audiobooks: 11
Fiction: 13
Non-fiction: 2
Favorite book: Funny in Farsi
Least favorite: Murder in the Paperback Parlor
Library books: 11
Money saved by using library: $175.00

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RiotMom
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Pickpick

This was such a fun book, narrated by the author. I loved learning about Persian culture and the stories about her parents, and especially her father, were poignant and funny. Definitely recommend!

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KathyWheeler
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“I am also legendary among my friends for my complete lack of a sense of direction, making me the perfect kidnap victim, no blindfold needed.” It‘s me! 😄 The picture had nothing to do with the quote. I just like it; it‘s from Bellingrath Gardens.

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Lmstraubie
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Pickpick

Between a Pick and So-So. I liked it. It was engaging. She's a good storyteller.

Peddler410 I loved it! My good friend married an Iranian who came to the US with his family when he was 7 — around the same time the author is talking about her childhood. From personal encounters with the family, I was able to put their faces in the place of Dumas‘ family members. (edited) 2y
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 That must have made the book all the more relative. It really was a nice insight into her family. 2y
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RiotMom
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#humpdaypost @mindea

1. Oh no! I hope your day gets better @tricksytails ! Here‘s my dog squad!
2. iPhone
3. No nuts, please!
4. I‘m reading Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas, which is a memoir of the author growing up in both America and Iran.
5. I‘m not really a sports person, but I do like to kayak. Does that count?

Reecaspieces Awe! 🐶🐶🐶 2y
OriginalCyn620 Cute pups! ❤️🐶 2y
EvieBee Dog butts are the cutest!! 2y
AlaMich Lucky you, so much puppy love!! 🐶❤️ 2y
TricksyTails Aww my day is definitely better now! 🤗♥️🐶 Thank you!! 2y
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Lmstraubie
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Enjoying this audio book about the author's life.

SusanInTiburon I loved the book! 2y
Peddler410 This was a great read! I also have her second book and her middle grade book. 2y
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 Middle grade book??? Do tell!! 2y
Peddler410 I haven‘t read it yet, but I own it 2y
Peddler410 There is an Audible edition available; narrated by the author. 2y
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KathyWheeler
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I‘m really enjoying the audio version of this memoir, which is funny with a touch of sadness. The author first moved to the US with her family for two years before the Iranian revolution; when she moved back to the US after the Iranian revolution, she encountered a much less kind America. The author does a very nice job narrating her story. Unrelated note: it was almost hot outside today! #audiowalk

RiotMom I‘m listening to this right now, as well! It‘s so much fun! 2y
KathyWheeler @RiotMom It really is.😊 2y
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Emily92Bibliophile
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Oops. Big sale going on at Audible, and I just bought The Hobbit and the book above for $5 total. There goes my longest time ( 1 month and 5 days) of not buying a book before I finish a TBR book I own 🤦‍♀️ I‘ll play devils advocate and leave this here➡️ https://mobile.audible.com/ep/DD-Resale-Fic

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Firoozeh Dumas' memoir about growing up Iranian in California is a lighthearted look at her 1970s and 80s immigrant experience. She does discuss her perspective on the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis, which affected her family financially and otherwise. But mostly, she tells stories about her dad's quirks and the joys of a big, international family. Narrated well by the author.

Full review at www.TheBibliophage.com

BellaBookNook Yay! I have this on my TBR so I won‘t read your full review until I read it.😜 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BellaBookNook I don't usually post spoilers, if that helps. Either way, I hope you enjoy the book! 2y
kspenmoll Love your pic. Have this book. Beginning to think I need to listen to@more audio- new for me, have only listened to 2 books. 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @kspenmoll Thanks. It's a good read, however you do it. I love audio for times I'm either unable to or tired of reading. 2y
Cinfhen Great pic! This has been on my TBR for ages! But now that I read your review im not sure it's what I was expecting.... 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks. I don't know what you were expecting, so I can't say how it would compare. I thought it might be more political, but it was the human side and very lovely. Good palate cleanser for me after 2y
Cinfhen I wasn't expecting antidotal, I wanted to learn about life in Iran pre & post shah 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Ahhh. There is some of that in here, but really only about 15-20%. 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I've been enjoying this audiobook read by the author. She's got such a wry sense of humor and so many great essays!

#memoir #audiobook #nonfictionchallenge2017

Daisey I really enjoyed this book and her middle grade novel. Someday I will find time for 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Daisey I'll look out for her other books - thanks! 2y
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janeycanuck
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Pickpick

A quick little delight, narrated by the author, which always adds something when it's a memoir.

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Listener15
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Day 13: Attractive Authors. Clockwise from the upper left: Rachel Maddow (Drift), Firoozeh Dumas (Funny in Farsi), Zoraida Córdova (Labyrinth Lost) and Janet Mock (Redefining Realness) #junebookbugs @RealLifeReading

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janeycanuck
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Spent four hours in the garden today to bring it back under control, which is an excellent opportunity for #booksinthewild. Garden tamed! #riotgrams

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Peddler410 I just recently acquired the audio. The book was fantastic and I can only assume the same of the audio. 3y
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Sace
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My May report and goals for June. Boy May was a slow month. (And gratuitous cat.)

https://sacereads.blog/2017/06/01/may-wrap-up-and-june-goals-which-may-or-may-no...

CoverToCoverGirl Beautiful fur baby! 😻 3y
LauraBeth 😻😻 3y
Ms_T Beautiful cat 😺 3y
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Sace Thank you @CoverToCoverGirl @LauraBeth and @Ms_T He's handsome, but kind of a jerk. 😂 3y
DebinHawaii Gorgeous face! 🐱❤️ 3y
Dragon Love a gratuitous cat 💕 3y
Sace @DebinHawaii @Dragon gratuitous cat is photogenic. 😊 3y
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Sace
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Pickpick

I spent the morning listening and knitting. Loved this memoir and remembered that I had a middle grade book about the Iranian experience in the US. I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was by the same author! (These things happen when you only remember titles. 😕)

Sace Tagging the other book. 3y
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Soubhiville
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I'll be finishing up this audiobook on my way home today. It's amusing, her family stories are great! Takes place partially in Iran and partially in the US. #setinthemiddleeast #maybookflowers

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Soubhiville
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I just started this audiobook. It's pretty fun so far. Has anyone else read it?

LeahBergen Nope. But it's sitting on my shelf. 😄 3y
Ms.Story My ninth grade students read this for class. Really enjoyed it & her humour! 3y
Daisey I really enjoyed this one and her middle grade novel as well. I haven't yet had a chance to read 3y
DebinHawaii I read it a few years ago for the virtual foodie book club I participate in. Very fun book! 🍴📚❤️ 3y
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Listener15
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Pickpick

This book was fantastic. I laughed out loud several times. I LOVE these family stories of crazy relatives and crazier immediate family. Firoozeh Dumas reads the book and is great. Her comedic timing in writing and reading was spot on. Highly recommended!

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Matilda
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🔔📚🔔 and I just bought today's audible deal real quick!

erzascarletbookgasm I heard this is a good read! 3y
Ncostell Thanks for the heads up! This is on my TBR list so just purchased it. 😀 3y
Kelly Man I love this book. 3y
Matilda @Kelly yay! I was so excited when I saw it as today's deal. 3y
janeycanuck I picked this up, too. Looking forward to it! 3y
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DebinHawaii
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#RockInMay #immigrantsong My favorite immigrant stories have plenty of food mixed in. Here are some foodie memoirs & novels featuring immigration from both my Read & TBR stacks. In all of them the immigrating was done from Iran. I think I lean to them as my old roommate's family came to Oregon from Iran & her uncle liked to feed me because I loved the food.😋🍴(I've included a favorite Persian cookbook too.) I'll tag the books below. #foodiebooks

DebinHawaii And this new one for middle school that I want to read: (edited) 3y
DebinHawaii Immigration from Iran to Ireland 3y
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DebinHawaii Follow up to Persimmon Soup (edited) 3y
DebinHawaii A simple classic Persian cookbook (edited) 3y
Cinfhen Such a wonderful collection you've posted! I'm familiar and obsessed with Persian cuisine and I agree...it's all so heavenly- their spices are so rich & golden! Lovely post 💛💛💛 3y
Sace I've got several of these on my shelf. I've been meaning to read It Ain't So Awful Falafel for a while. 3y
EvieBee I love all things Iranian, including their books and food! Thank you for so many suggestions! 3y
DebinHawaii @Cinfhen Thank you. Yes, it is all the lovely golden spices that draw me in too. 🍴💛 @Sace I have not read it yet but I want to! 👍📚 @EvieBee84 You are welcome! Hope you enjoy them! 😀👍 3y
BethFishReads Love me some food memoir (edited) 3y
Daisey @DebinHawaii I need to find this one! I liked both of the other two by this author that are in your post! 3y
Herschelian Downloaded Pomegranate Soup onto my Kindle last week, haven‘t read it yet. 2y
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BarbaraJean
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I thought about John Greenleaf Whittier as my #localauthor since I live in a city named after him, but seeing as apparently he never visited my city... I'm choosing this instead! I used to assign an essay from this book in my Freshman Comp classes, and always took a little Whittier pride in the small mention Dumas makes of moving here from Abadan, Iran. (I need to read the full book beyond the excerpts I've used with students!) #aprilbookshowers

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Smrloomis
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This Kindle edition is on sale so I snapped it up. The reviews make it sound light and entertaining.

AndreaReads I LOVE this book! It is incredibly funny and well written. Great choice! 3y
kspenmoll Thanks for heads ip; just bought it. 3y
Lakesidemusing I became aware of this author when she introduced/interviewed Khaled Hosseini for a local literary event... have been meaning to read her book ever since! 3y
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DebinHawaii It's a great book! 👍📚 3y
Smrloomis @AndreaReads glad to hear it! I could use something light. 3y
Smrloomis @Lakesidemusing I hope it'll be good. 3y
Smrloomis @DebinHawaii 😁👍🏽 3y
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LauraBeth
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What are your favorite books by or about Muslim women? #muslimwomensday

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KathyWheeler I enjoyed this book. Also liked Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks and The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf. A Thousand Splendid Suns is amazing. 3y
sprainedbrain I second the Persepolis books, but I also liked 3y
jlondon1963 I have this in my TBR pile😎 3y
mklong It made me see western literature that I know so well, in a totally new way 3y
Cinfhen I was going to say 3y
LauraBeth @AmandaL I need to read this - thanks for mentioning 😀 3y
LauraBeth @mrsthilkey and @Cinfhen I can't believe I haven't read this one yet 🙀 3y
LauraBeth This looks good @Booksandcooks - adding it! 😀 3y
LauraBeth As always @LeahBergen you recommend something that's new to me 💕 3y
LauraBeth Oohh these look good @KathyWheeler - thanks! 😀 3y
LauraBeth Thanks @sprainedbrain - I haven't read this one 😀 3y
LauraBeth @jlondon1963 it's really good! 😀 3y
LauraBeth @mklong I haven't read this one either! 😀 3y
Cinfhen Ok @LauraBeth You NEED to do a buddy read with @KarenUK 💜💚she also has not read 3y
LauraBeth I'm up for a buddy read of Thousand Splendid Suns. Let me know if you're up for it @KarenUK. I haven't read Kite Runner either 🙀 3y
KarenUK @LauraBeth @cinfhen I haven't read either... 🤦‍♀️... I'd be up for reading either of them 👍😍 (edited) 3y
LauraBeth @Cinfhen would you recommend reading Kite Runner first? @KarenUK 3y
Cinfhen There are each a stand alone @KarenUK both heartbreaking but I think the role of women is highlighted in Thousand Splendid Suns, where it's a more male dominated book in (edited) 3y
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Mehso-so

The stories Dumas shared about her life were light-hearted and amusing, but all of the jumping around in the timeline and lack of clear connection from one story to the next gave it a bit of a disjointed feel.

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Heidsalot
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Enjoying March's book club pick with some Persian Lamb stew. I in no way intentionally planned this. It is purely coincidence, but a happy one!

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Vexingcircumstance
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I loved both Funny in Farsi and it's sequel and was considering rereading them for Read Harder but I don't know if rereads are allowed in any category except the one specifically saying to read a book you read before. #funnyinfarsi #islam #nohate #love #equality

Vexingcircumstance Aaaah yaaay! There are two other books of hers that I haven't Read!!! 3y
geodynamical 🚫📺 3y
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kissxxmyxxconverse
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So, it's been a hot minute since I've been on here. I haven't forgotten about books and Litsy, but I've been getting more politically active due to...certain events. But I read this super short, charming book. I kind of love it. The author describes how opinions of Iran and Iranians changed over time. Not to mention her descriptions of her family makes me want to be friends with them. Can't recommend enough!

Ms.Story Enjoyed reading this with my 9th graders as well!!! 3y
kissxxmyxxconverse @BrittanysBookshelf I'm so glad it's being read in school! It's a great empathy-builder 3y
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JSW
Pickpick

Poignant, warm, sweet, and yes, funny. What a delightful read. A view from an immigrant's seat that helps me see my country differently. #diversebooks #readwomen #holdtheline

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I've spent some time around Persian culture. There's a touch of familiarity to what she says.

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Vexingcircumstance
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Pickpick

I read these books years ago and absolutely loved them. I had forgotten about them until I saw them on the library shelf today. I definitely recommend them. They're funny and fun but also contain good information about muslims and Iran and immigrants. An especially important viewpoint right now. #iran #biography #muslim #iranian #islam

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