“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.”
“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
“[Dumas is] like a blend of Anne Lamott and Erma Bombeck.”
“Humorous without being sentimental, [Dumas] speaks to the American experience.”
—The Plain Dealer
Memoir Review: Laughing Without an Accent Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad By Lee Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle (Complete review)
Funny again, in English Complete review)Palo Alto Weekly (
NPR Interview, June 21, 2008
Writer Firoozeh Dumas talks with Scott Simon about her new memoir, Laughing Without an Accent. It’s a collection of humorous essays about her life as the daughter of Iranian immigrants, and about some the colorful characters in her extended family.
NPR: AROUND THE NATION, A Personal Look Back at the Iranian Hostage Crisis, November 3, 2007
Iranian-American Firoozeh Dumas was a teenager living in Southern California at the time when the Iranian revolution happened, and the hostage crisis changed her life. A few weeks ago, she met one of the former hostages. Kathryn Koob had been a cultural officer at the United States Embassy in Tehran.