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2017 Year in Review: Greek Books

It was another year full of amazing reads. We love our books, and we reviewed many this year. Let’s take a look back at 2017, Year in Review in Greek books.

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REVIEW: ‘From Pyrrhus to Cyprus’ by Billy Cotsis

In his second book, From Pyrrhus to Cyprus, Billy Cotsis reveals the colonies, territories and empires founded by Greeks through the years. Read our review.

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REVIEW: ‘An Aegean April’ by Jeffrey Siger

Jeffrey Siger ups the ante in his highly anticipated 9th novel in the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery series, An Aegean April. Find out!

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REVIEW: ‘Citizen Cardenas’ by Steve Cole

Our newest contributor, Apollo Papafrangou, reviews ‘Citizen Cárdenas’ by Steve Cole, which explores a resurrection of a whole other kind.

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REVIEW: ‘Guerrillas of Crete’ by Colin Janes

Little known history of the communist guerrillas of Crete during Greece’s Civil War is revealed in Guerrillas of Crete, by Colin Janes. Read our review!

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REVIEW: ‘Hiking the Holy Mountain’ by John McKinney

John McKinney set out to hike Mount Athos to write about it as a hiking destination. What happened on the Holy Mountain that changed everything?

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Author Spotlight: Nicholas Gage [Q&A]

We put Nicholas Gage, renowned author of Eleni, in the Author Spotlight. Find out how he got started, and more.

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Author Spotlight: Greek-American Lynne Constantine

Welcome back to the Author Spotlight! This month, we put Greek-American Author Lynne Constantine in the spotlight. Meet her and learn about her books.

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Author Spotlight: Alexander Rassogianis

This month, we put Chicago-based Author Alexander Rassogianis in the spotlight. Meet him and learn about his latest work.

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REVIEW: ‘Dead Olives’ by Jeremy Hinchliff

Looking for a great thriller to bring on your trip to Greece (or wherever) this summer? Check out ‘Dead Olives’ by Jeremy Hinchliff, a thriller set in Greece.

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REVIEW: ‘The Road to Sparta’ by Dean Karnazes

Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes reconnects with his roots and retraces the footsteps of Pheidippides, in ‘The Road to Sparta’.  Read our review!

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REVIEW: ‘Waiting for Aegina’ by Effie Kammenou

In Waiting for Aegina, the latest in The Gift Saga by Effie Kammenou, lifelong friends stick together through love, loss, tragedy, and new beginnings.

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Author Spotlight: Deno Seder of ‘Miracle at Zakynthos’

Meet Deno Seder, author of Miracle at Zakynthos. He is a producer of media and films and is passionate about politics and art. Discover this interesting account of The history of Greek Jews through his work.

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REVIEW: ‘American Kid: Nazi-Occupied Greece through a Child’s Eyes’ by Constance M. Constant

American Kid: Nazi-Occupied Greece through a Child’s Eyes by Constance M. Constant reveals a chilling story of WWII Greece.

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REVIEW- Escaping Cyprus II: The Final Chapter

Gus Constantine’s heart-wrenching story ‘Escaping Cyprus’ comes full circle in Escaping Cyprus II: The Final Chapter. You won’t want to miss this one.

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Author Spotlight: Victoria Hislop Loves Greece

‘Cartes Postales from Greece’ by Victoria Hislop takes readers across the modern-day mainland with heartening romance.

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2016 Year in Review: ‘Greek Books’

We love books! We’ve so enjoyed bringing you book reviews of ‘Greek books’ — books by Greek authors or set in Greece. Let’s recap this year in Books.

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REVIEW: ‘The Storm’ by Effrosyni Moschoudi

Peg Karadimas reviews The Storm, the final book of the haunting and intriguing trilogy, ‘The Lady of the Pier’, by Effrosyni Moschoudi.

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Author Spotlight: Joanne Karipidis Kefalas

Preschool Director Joanne Karipidis Kefalas is a prolific writer who recently began publishing children’s stories. Meet her!

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REVIEW: ‘The Many Faces of Hellenic Culture’ by Billy Cotsis

In his book, The Many Faces of Hellenic Culture: Greek Culture Outside Modern Greece, Billy Cotsis Explores Hellenic culture around the globe.

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Orthodox Kids’ Book Author Jane G. Meyer Pens Stories about God’s Love

Orthodox children’s book editor Jane G. Meyer of Ancient Faith Publishing is also the author of 8 books. Her stories focus on faith and God’s love.

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REVIEW: ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ Reveals the Plight of Greek Jews

In the historical novel, Hidden in Plain Sight, Karen Batshaw paints a vivid picture of Nazi brutality in WWII Greece and the plight of Greek Jews.

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‘The Durrells’ Makes its Debut on PBS

Series based on books by Gerald Durrell about his family’s adventures in Corfu, debuts in the U.S. on PBS on October 16.

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REVIEW: ‘Cooking for Ghosts’ by Patricia V. Davis

Best-selling Author Patricia V. Davis is back with the first in a 3-book series, called Cooking For Ghosts. The story, set on the historic Queen Mary, is full of history, intrigue, and more.

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REVIEW: ‘A Scorpion in the Lemon Tree’ by Marjory McGinn

Marjory McGinn, her partner Jim Bruce, and their sidekick Wallace are back in book 3, A Scorpion in the Lemon Tree, about  their tales from the Peloponnese. You’ll love it!

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REVIEW: Phantasma by Efthalia

Mythology and ancient worlds converge with the present, in Phantasma, a thriller by Greek-Australian Author Efthalia.

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REVIEW: The Sifnos Chronicles by Sharon Blomfield

‘The Sifnos Chronicles’, by Sharon Blomfield is more than a travel memoir. It’s an ode to a lovely Greek island.

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REVIEW: ‘Santorini Caesars’ by Jeffrey Siger

The next book in the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Series, Santorini Caesars, will be out September 6. You won’t want to miss this one.

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Alexander Rassogianis Traces First Steps of Early Greek Immigrants in Chicago in “Entrepreneurial Spirit”

In his latest book, Historian Alexander Rassogianis reveals what sparked the entrepreneurial spirit of Greek immigrants in Chicago.

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BOOK REVIEW: Effrosyni Moschoudi’s ‘The Ebb’

Welcome our new book reviewer, Peg Karadimas! In her debut review, she tells us about The Ebb, the first book in a trilogy by Effrosyni Moschoudi.

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REVIEW: Apollo Papafrangou’s ‘Wings of Wax’

In Wings of Wax, Author Apollo Papafrangou explores a young man’s Greek-American experience through the lens of his own life.

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National Poetry Month: Greek-American Poets – Alexandra Kostoulas

April is National Poetry Month. Welcome our friend, Poet Katie Aliferis, who has curated a month of poetry, featuring Greek-American writers. This week, meet Alexandra Kostoulas.

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REVIEW: Christos Ikonomou – Something Will Happen, You’ll See

Recently translated into English, Christos Ikonomou’s novel, Something Will Happen, You’ll See, gives voice to the everyday struggles of the Greek economic crisis.

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National Poetry Month: Greek-American Poets – Apollo Papafrangou

April is National Poetry Month. Welcome our friend, Poet Katie Aliferis, who has curated a month of poetry, featuring Greek-American writers. This week, meet Apollo Papafrangou.

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National Poetry Month: Greek-American Poets – Georgia Kolias

April is National Poetry Month. Welcome our friend, Poet Katie Aliferis, who has curated a month of poetry, featuring Greek-American writers. This week, meet Georgia Kolias.

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REVIEW: The OPA! Way

Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon harvested the wisdom of the ancients to create a new paradigm for finding meaning in our lives, called The OPA! Way.

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REVIEW: Zorba The Greek – a New Translation

Kazantzakis’ iconic novel Zorba the Greek gets new life with a new translation.

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REVIEW: ‘Eternity & Oranges’ by Christopher Bakken

Writer, poet, and English professor Christopher Bakken’s love affair with Greece — its myths, food, history, and people — are evident in his new poetry collection.

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REVIEW: Elias Kulukundis’ Autobiography Reveals a Life Straddling Two Cultures

In his book, First Passage, author Elias Kulukundis examines the duality of the life of a Greek-American child of immigrants, while coming of age.

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BOOK REVIEW: Hidden Mosaics by Alexander Billinis

In his historical novel, Alexander Billinis shows us that we are all pieces of the Aegean mosaic.

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BOOK REVIEW: Samaritans by Anna Papadopoulos

Anna Papadopoulos’ intriguing tale makes one ponder life.

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“The Gods of Olympus” Brings Mythology Lessons to Life

Greek American teacher Alexander Kapotas recently published the interactive book, The Gods of Olympus to enhance student learning of Greek mythology.

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REVIEW: Black Easter is an Allegory on Today’s World

Set on a Greek island, Dario Ciriello’s latest novel Black Easter, delves into the worlds of good and evil  — and the intersection. Meet Dario Ciriello Dario Ciriello was born and raised in London, to Italian parents, with roots in Turin and Piemonte.   “At the time there was discrimination against Southern Europeans. I was the only Italian kid in my school. Italy lost the war — on the wrong…

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REVIEW: Escaping Cyprus

Gus Constantine’s Escaping Cyprus is a chilling tale that tells the untold story of the Cyprus invasion.

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Short Story: Dark Eye

It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to share a short story from one of our favorite authors, Harry Mark Petrakis. Enjoy!

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REVIEW: Kinda Sorta American Dream

Short story collection, Kinda Sorta American Dream, by Chicago author Steve Karas, gives a glimpse into people’s every day lives and struggles.

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REVIEW: Yiayia Visits Amalia by Maria G. Mackavey

Maria G. Mackavey’s colorful children’s book, Yiayia Meets Amalia, follows a grandmother’s trip to visit her granddaughter.

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REVIEW: Effie Kammenou’s Evanthia’s Gift

Immigrants’ dreams, life, love, loss, family secrets, and fate converge in the debut novel from author Effie Kammenou, Evanthia’s Gift.  

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Your Ideas in a Book!

Author Bryan Mooney is writing a new novel set in Greece, and he wants your input!

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REVIEW: Second Chances

Retired Chicago educator-turned-writer Cleo A. Lampos believes there is good in everyone. 

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REVIEW: A Time to Tell

A Time to Tell by Maria Savva delves into the world of family secrets. Does the truth really set you free?

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EXCLUSIVE: Ioannidis Talks Aristotle Onassis, Olympic, Destiny

Paul J. Ioannidis’ storied life is chronicled in the book, Destiny Prevails: My Life with Aristotle, Alexander, Christina Onassis, and her daughter, Athina. It’s part autobiography, part Aristotle Onassis biography.

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Kalyvas’ Book a Guide to Modern Greece

Yale University Professor Stathis N. Kalyvas’ new book, Modern Greece – What Everyone Needs to Know, uses history to explain the challenges of Modern Greece.        

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Leon Logothetis at NHM

Leon Logothetis wants to teach you how to release your inner rebel and embrace the power of human connection.

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BOOK REVIEW: Devil of Delphi by Jeffrey Siger

Jeffrey Siger ups the ante in Devil of Delphi, a fascinating tale involving an international counterfeiting ring threatening not only Greece’s tourism industry, but also longstanding political dynasties.

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REVIEW: Petrakis’ Song of My Life

The celebrated author Harry Mark Petrakis’ ode is his most personal and most reflective.

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REVIEW: Homer’s Where the Heart Is

Homers Where the Heart Is, the sequel to the brilliant Things Can Only Get Feta, chroniclemore of Marjory McGinn’s experiences living in rural Messinia.

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REVIEW: Falling in Honey: How a Tiny Greek Island Stole My Heart

Brit Jennifer Barclay shares her story of how a small, little-known Greek island changed her life forever, in Falling in Honey: How a Tiny Greek Island Stole My Heart.

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