Matchbook from Amazon – My Grandfather Would Have Loved This

Everyone in my family fostered my love of reading. In fact, I can’t even remember learning to read. Either I was born with the ability or picked it us as my mother read book after book to me. At first, my family thought I had just memorized all of my books but when they brought home a new one and I read that, they realized that I was actually reading.

That's him, on the right!

That’s him, on the left!


My grandfather invariably bought me books for Christmas. Another voracious reader, before he gave me my gift, he read it himself. He had a theory that once I finished reading, we could have a nice discussion about the book. And, we did. Those talks with him are among my most cherished memories.

Why am I telling you this?

Because, in October Amazon is launching a new program called Matchbook. When you buy a book from them, they now allow the publisher to offer the digital version at a reduced rate or even for free.

My grandfather would have loved this idea. I love this idea, check it out for yourself!

Amazon Matchbook

It Makes Me Laugh

Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad

Laughing Without An Accent

I am reading this for one of my college classes and am enjoying it immensely. Firoozeh Dumas uses humor as a medium to remind us that we all have similar hopes, dreams and quirks. Everyone has their foibles and families have to deal with them. When she wrote about the monkey on the balcony and how her father believed all animals were diseased, it reminded me of my grandmother who thought you could catch a cold by riding in cars with the windows down. I laughed out loud, which was probably not a good idea since it was 2 am and my husband was sleeping.

It takes a great deal of fortitude to distill the essence of family life and the vast array of personal experience into a humorous retelling that entertains while it enlightens.

This is a great read and I highly recommend it.