The Traveling Book Group is meeting to discuss Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas on Thursday, April 6 at 7:00.
From Library Journal: Dumas, who first came to America from Iran as a young girl in 1972, recounts many anecdotes about her family’s adjustment to this country in a light, humorous style. Detailed here are her uncle’s encounter with all-American fast food (with disastrous consequences for his waistline) and her father’s penchant for pursuing freebies wherever he could find them. Though the tone stays gentle, Dumas also includes darker episodes, such as her father’s inability to find a job during the Iran hostage crisis and her family’s nearly being beaten by protesters when they are in Washington, DC, to welcome the shah. Dumas also provides a few glimpses of middle-class life in prerevolutionary Iran, where her father enjoyed watching American Westerns as a boy and her uncle was a successful doctor. Today, as Middle Easterners in the United States are subject to racial profiling, stereotyping, and sometimes violence, this book provides a valuable glimpse into the immigrant experiences of one very entertaining family. Recommended for public libraries.—Debra Moore, Cerritos Coll., Norwalk, CA –Debra Moore (Reviewed April 1, 2003) (Library Journal, vol 128, issue 6, p108)
Copies of the book are available at the library, and all are welcome to join the discussion. This book group meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7:00.