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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Dash Americans

America is truly a welcoming place and we should rejoice in the opportunities afforded us to learn about the many cultures that make up this country of ours. Recently, on Weekend Edition Saturday, Scott Simon interviewed Firoozeh Dumas, author of the new book, Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad [on order]. She spoke about her family, including her father and uncles' penchant for wearing velour--funny stuff. Dumas also wrote Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America [B DUM]. When our monthly book discussion group was still meeting, this was one of the titles we read. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and found it a highly discussable title.

The fill-in-the-blank-American experience has always been fodder for writers of both nonfiction and fiction. Here are a few titles that cover several of the different dash Americans:

Chang, Pang-Mei Natasha. Bound Feet and Western Dress. [305.42 CHA]

Ciresi, Rita. Sometimes I Dream in Italian. [F CIR]

Danticat, Edwidge. Behind the Mountains. [J DAN]

MacDonald, Michael Patrick. All Souls: A Family Story from Southie. [B MAC]

Maillard, Keith. The Clarinet Polka. [F MAI]

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