I have to agree with the reviewers who wished for a bit more depth here. While many of the episodes were amusing, it was sometimes hard to believe that Americans could be as ignorant as depicted. Do we really believe that any two foreignors must speak the same language, or that the Sahara is in Iran? I don't think so--not even 30 years ago.
I did not find the author to be a good reader. She did indeed have that "kindergarten teacher" manner--plus an odd loop in her voice that started to drive me crazy.
I did enjoy the stories about her relationship with her father but would have liked to learn more about the Iranian culture and customs.
Narrative makes the world go round.
I thought the memoir was the equivalent of a good "formula" sit-com, offering some insight for the listener into the immigration experience along with some laughs, but I was left at the end wondering if it had been worth the listening time. One reviewer mentioned that she listened with her family while driving - might be a perfect choice for a situation like that.
I found the story entertaining and often amusing. It made me wonder about the experiences of other immigrant families, and if many (or how many?) of them would have the seemingly positive, light-hearted spin that this narrative offered?
Contrary to other reviews, I found Ms. Dumas to be a more accomplished writer/humorist than narrator ... I found her voice and inflection to be immature, squeaky, over-done. Reminded me of listening to an average middle- or high-school recitation.
I usually enjoy stories of second generation immigrants. But somehow this book did not give me a feeling for a woman growing up with Iranian parents. Her father's reaction to buffets and Vegas seem all too familiar. Her uncle's sampling of weight-loss products also seemed much too familiar. These stories could be about any American kid. These could be my family. There is little in these stories that give you that feeling of blending of cultures or culture misunderstanding.
The narrator/author did her job well; if she doesn't have a future in writing perhaps we'll hear her narrate more.
The book itself is very light, not much on story and made me laugh but once! The author is quick to criticize American’s for what she complains is a grave lack of knowledge in geography but then admits that during her first day of class the teacher asked her mother to point where on the world map Iran was located and she could not. In fact an American teacher taught her, her mother & the rest of the class where Iran is located. Perhaps she’s happier now that due to their dirty deeds every American knows exactly where Iran is? She also criticized how later Iranians became to American and did not receive such a warm welcome but never mentions that American’s have never been welcome in Iran.
She doesn't talk much about how bad things were in Iran (well, she mentioned its lot as hell there and they had no air conditioning) and how America made it possible for her to have a full and rich life. Instead she comes across as arrogant. If America is so lacking why are all of her family members clamoring to get in? When the booked ended I was asking “is that it?” I just didn’t get why a book so light on content (none of it being that memorable) would be published. This author will have to dig a lot deeper if she wants a future in writing.
After reading the other reviews I expected a lot more from this. It was like listening to something written by a 12 year old. I would recommend this book for a child perhaps, but not this recording of it! By the time I was at the 1 1/2 hr mark I could hardly stand the high pitched noise coming out of my speakers. Ms. Dumas would have been better off allowing someone else to narrate her book.
I really don't feel Ms Dumas life has been interesting enough to warrant a book.