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Parenting with an Accent (Digital Audiobook)

How Immigrants Honor Their Heritage, Navigate Setbacks, and Chart New Paths for Their Children

By Masha Rumer, Samara Naeymi (Narrator)

Publication Date: November 29, 2021

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (10/4/2022)
Hardcover (11/30/2021)


A blend of on-the-ground reporting and personal anecdotes that weaves a tapestry of the immigrant experience, multicultural parenting, and identity in the US

Through her own stories and interviews with other immigrant families, award-winning journalist Masha Rumer paints a realistic and compassionate picture of what it’s like for immigrant parents raising a child in America while honoring their cultural identities. Parenting with an Accent speaks to immigrant and non-immigrant readers alike, incorporating a diverse collection of voices and experiences to provide an intimate look at the lives of many different immigrant families across the country.

With a compelling blend of empirical data, humor, and on-the-ground reportage, Rumer presents interviews with experts on various aspects of parenting as an immigrant, including the challenges of acculturation, bilingualism strategies, and childcare. She visits a children’s Amharic class at an Ethiopian church in New York, a California vegetable farm, a Persian immersion school, and more. Through these stories, she opens a window to a world of parenting unique to multicultural families. Immigrant readers will appreciate Rumer’s gentle message about the kind of ethnic and cultural ambivalence that is born of having roots planted in many different soils, while in these pages non-immigrants get a fly-on-the-wall view of the unique experiences of newcomers.

Deeply researched yet personal, Parenting with an Accent centers immigrants and their experiences in a new country—emphasizing how immigrants and their children remain an integral part of America’s story.

About the Author

Masha Rumer is an award-winning journalist, freelance writer and former college English instructor with nearly a decade of teaching experience. Her writing about parenting (including immigrant identity) has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, SheKnows, Kveller, The Chicago Tribune, Quartz, The Moscow Times, Scary Mommy, SFWeekly, Volume 1 Brooklyn, and others. She holds graduate degrees in communications and in literature from Georgetown University and The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. Masha has developed her platforms on Twitter and Facebook, where her followers include best-selling fiction and non-fiction authors, and writers and editors at national publications. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children. You can find her online at, on her blog The Flying Yenta, and on Twitter.