Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas

One of my students did a presentation on Funny in Farsi. The presentation was so entertaining until I felt that I must read it, and I did.

Funny in Farsi is a memoir about an Iranian family's experiences of moving to the United States....

This book has a lot of humor and was quite enlightening in so many ways.

For instance, she explains that "Unlike America, where only the wealthy have live-in servants, in Iran even middle-class families employ full-time help," and that "as a group, Iranians are among the most educated and successful immigrants in this country."

This is such a great story of a family who really appreciates being in America. Firoozeh's father was a quite wealthy man in Iran, but in American he was not wealthy at all. However, he stated that "I'm a rich man in America, too. I just don't have a lot of money." My people, what a great way to look at life......

I am planning to pair this book with Under the Feet of Jesus by Maria Viramontes in order to look at immigrant experiences in the United States, and I hope that my seniors and I walk away from this pairing with a lot to think about....

If you want to learn about an Iran's family experience of migrating to the United States, then I think that this is a good book to read.

My people, "Literature is a Big Sea Full of Many Fish." There are so many books out there that need to be read .......(Gosh, reading is like running a race with no finish line!)

Firoozeh Dumas

Next week I will be discussing Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison with my seniors, so that is my next read. This is only my 1,000,000,000,000 time reading this book, and I am still excited about!!!

Read, Read, Read... My People!

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