Originally from Iran, Firoozeh Dumas moved with her family to Southern California when she was seven years old. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She lives with her husband and children in Northern California.
Advance praise for Laughing Without an Accent"Dumas builds on her first memoir, "Funny in Farsi" (2003), offering more amusing tales from her life in this follow-up. Like her first outing, her latest is a collection of anecdotes from different points in her life: stories from her youth in Iran mix with memories of her experiences as a wife, mother, and author. Dumas' parents remain a big influence in her life, whether she's dealing with her mother's frequent and sometimes, in the case of one bright red comforter, unsightly gifts, or trying to understand her father and his brothers' fixation on The Price Is Right. In one of the funniest chapters, Dumas recalls the time she and her kids decided to try to sell a potato shaped like a cross on eBay, hoping to make a whopping sixty grand. 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""These stories, like everything Firoozeh Dumas writes, are charming, highly amusing vignettes of family life. Dumas is one of those rare people-a naturally gifted storyteller."-Alexander McCall SmithPraise for Funny in Farsi"What's charming beyond the humor of this memoir is that it remains affectionate even in the weakest, most tenuous moments for the culture. It's the brilliance of true sophistication at work."-Los Angeles Times Book Review"Remarkable tales of family resilience told with wry humor shorn of sentimentality."-San Francisco Chronicle"The book brings us closer to discovering what it means to be an American."-San Jose Mercury News