Missed Translations: Meeting the Immigrant Parents Who Raised Me

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Dey Street Books
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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Sopan Deb is a writer for The New York Times, where his topics have included sports and culture. He is also the author of the memoir Missed Translations: Meeting the Immigrant Parents Who Raised Me. Before joining the Times, Deb was one of a handful of reporters who covered Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign from start to finish as a campaign embed for CBS News. He was named a "breakout media star" of the election by Politico. At The New York Times, Deb has interviewed high profile subjects such as Denzel Washington, Stephen Colbert, the cast of Arrested Development, Kyrie Irving, and Bill Murray. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and dog.


"Sopan Deb hilariously and truthfully lets us in on the ups, downs, lefts, and rights of trying to understand - as a standup comedian and a journalist - the two grown-up strangers who raised him. It's a crazy story, but you know. Good crazy. Funny crazy. Read-this-book crazy."--Pete Holmes, comedian, podcast host, and author of Comedy Sex God
"As a man who has both been a performer and covered performance, Sopan Deb now paints his most important picture yet, the self-portrait."--Roy Wood Jr., comedian and correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
"Both moving and hilarious, Missed Translations is not just about exploring culture, family, and love, but about understanding where one comes from in the deepest possible way. It's a wonderful journey."--Jake Tapper, CNN host and author of The Hellfire Club
"I was moved by the ways in which Sopan Deb taps into both the darkness and light that permeate a story about love, family, and understanding. He's a masterful storyteller, and I'm thankful for his bravery and willingness to share the kind of human story that we too often prefer to keep to ourselves."--Kal Penn, comedian and actor
"A sympathetic portrait of South Asians who are neither crazy and rich nor humorless nerds...Memoirs by children of immigrants often fault clueless parents; this one is refreshing for Deb's realization that--whatever his elders' missteps--he needed "to take some responsibility for my part in our family's disconnect" for things to change."--Kirkus Reviews
"While his topic is serious, Deb's writing is breezy and witty, and his earnestness will sweep readers up into this charmer of a memoir."--Booklist
"A delightful memoir of people and place that will draw in Deb's fans and attract plenty of new ones."
--Library Journal (starred review)