Blog--Book Reviews, Anecdotes about Life, Iran, and More

March 31, 2019

How fitting to be reading this memoir as the ides of March blow in, a windy day outside in the sun on my deck, several days after a fellow Facebook friend who is also part American/part Iranian posted Happy Nowruz on his page. I knew Jason's memoir was out and I knew i...

March 31, 2019

Great thoughts from Farnham Street:

All kids need the same thing from their parents. They all need to know that they are acceptable exactly as they are with all of their inconvenient feelings, number one. Number two, that no matter what, their parent will be there to he...

January 27, 2019

Sandra Ann Heath (author of Unrest: A Coming-of-Age Story Beneath the Alborz Mountains)

I finished reading this wonderful book on the way home from UNH after visiting my son, Connor, and taking him to lunch at Ri Ra in Portsmouth. It was so good, I couldn't put it down...

November 19, 2018

Preview - New Novel:

New novel:

What also was a shame was Mom’s stress level. It was through the roof. Sometimes after too much wine at dinner, Mom would complain about how she had been hired to be a fantastical analytical insurance Veep; but the boss who hired her did s...

November 12, 2018

Guess what I did today?  Nothing like toiling in the yard on a beautiful sunny day to make you appreciate nature and a day off to celebrate our Veterans.

November 11, 2018

"Oh yeah, I gotta write this thing. But that's not work, really, is it? It feels somehow shifty and . . . dishonest, making a buck writing. Writing anything is a treason of sorts. Even the cold recitation of facts -- which is hardly what I've been up to -- is never the...

November 4, 2018

Last night with a full glass of Shiraz, I downloaded Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential on my Kindle Paper White that I had finally found buried under a jumble of clothes in my dresser's topmost drawer and I settled in to read.

Well into it now, I am having so muc...

October 27, 2018

You did it!! World Champions, Boston Red Sox!!!  Whoo, hoo!!!

June 14, 2018

R u eating?!! OMG, you are looking a little bit thin. Growing a beard.

Garmisch!!!  Yes! Thank you, Connor, for your interest in world culture and your great ability to take on adventures, make friends. In honor of your military brat Mom, and your grandf...

April 17, 2018

I loved this novel! Set in Italy, in Rome and in the countryside of Sperlonga in 1979, the writing is utterly beautiful, the descriptions of Rome and the ochre-colored buildings will take you there. The love story is complicated but true. A tale of what happens when st...

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