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Laughing Without an Accent
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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 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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"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 "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

"[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

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