My Greek Books
My Greek Books is back! And it’s November! Hope you’re enjoying the fall and getting in some good reading! This past month, I’ve read (and purchased!) many new books. I shared one last week, including an interview with Greek-American Author Joanna Eleftheriou. Read it here.
Check out My Greek Books – November 2021
Time to share the latest reads in My Greek Books!
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Don’t Marry an American: A Memoir of Coming to America by Ben Kyriagis
EPIDEXION BOOKS (October 7, 2021)
Greek-American Ben Kyriagis was born in Greece and came to the US first as an exchange student during his senior year of high school, then returned for college. He fell in love with the country, the possibilities—and a woman. From his early years in a tiny village on Mount Olympus, to his formative years in Larissa, and then to the US, we follow him on his journey. His childhood thirst for knowledge never left him as he strived for more and excelled. Ben was a “kid with a dream” who worked hard to overcome obstacles and made that dream come true.
His mother’s advice: “Don’t Marry an American” and “be sure to return”. He did promise, but his fate was written. Ben did stay in America. He married, had a family, earned two degrees, and later started a successful international trading company. He’s now retired, and he and his wife split their time between Minnesota and Greece.
Don’t Marry an American is an enjoyable read. I love reading immigrant stories and how they persevered, even when the odds were against them. Ben Kyriagis shares his love for Greece as well as his adopted country. I loved reading about his family’s history, including his namesake grandfather’s tenure in America. Don’t Marry an American is part history, part family chronicle, and a delightful coming to America tale that will inspire you.
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Coffee Reading by Eleni Karipidis
Independently Published (August 21, 2021)
Greek-Canadian Author Eleni Karipidis has always loved to tell stories. Now, after years as a teacher, she’s reinvented herself as a writer. In addition to publishing her first novella, she’s consulting, coaching, and creating screenplays from adaptive works.
Her debut novella takes us to Greece in 1967. It’s the first part of a story that follows Penelope and Lysander during the Junta years in Greece. These young people have big thoughts and big dreams and rely on a coffee reader to learn about their futures and what to do. I’m about halfway through. It’s an engaging story and I’m not only excited to finish, but to read more from this talented writer.
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My Greek Books—November 2021 Edition
That’s it’s for this month! The holidays are coming, and books make great gifts—they keep on giving! Shop Amazon here, or Bookshop here (start at my shop but feel free to browse the site) for everyone on your list. When you click through my links and make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Need a book suggestion, drop me a line here.
See you back here next month for more My Greek Books. Happy reading!