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My Greek Books—November 2021 Reads

by Maria A. Karamitsos   ·  3 years ago   ·  

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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.

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Don’t Marry an American: A Memoir of Coming to America by Ben Kyriagis

EPIDEXION BOOKS (October 7, 2021)

New memoir from Ben Kyriagis

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)

Debut novella from Eleni Karipidis

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!

Read more My Greek Books:

August 2021 Reads

June 2021 Reads

Maria A. Karamitsos

Maria A. Karamitsos is a journalist, author, and poet. She's the founder & former publisher/editor of WindyCity Greek magazine and former associate editor & senior writer for The Greek Star newspaper. Maria currently pens a literary column for NEO magazine and also contributes to Greek City Times and TripFiction. Her work has been published in The Magic of Us-A Moms Who Write Poetry Anthology, The Pen Poetry Magazine, Voices of Hellenism Literary Journal, Highland Park Poetry, GreekCircle magazine, The National Herald, GreekReporter, Harlots Sauce Radio, Women.Who.Write, KPHTH magazine, XPAT Athens, and more. Maria has contributed to two books: Greektown Chicago: Its History, Its Recipes and The Chicago Area Ethnic Handbook. She's currently working on her 1st novel.


  1. Jackie K Morfesis

    Hello. Thank you for sharing these great books. Its good to see Greek American authors who richly weave their worlds together in story. I am a writer and searching for a publisher for my memoir which also speaks to my Greek ancestry. I am seeking advice on publishers.

    1. All the best to you with your memoir!

  2. Well done.
    Congratulations on a great concept

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