A Greek Family’s Story of Survival – Southern Greece ca. 1940

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Dandelions for Dinner is an entertaining read that describes the story a Greek family living through the horrors of World War II.  Told through the eyes of a child, this father and son duo do a good job placing readers into the hardships of famine, foreign occupation, and utter desperation experienced by many Greeks during this period.  The writing skillfully blends the experiences of a child growing up during this period with the reflections of an adult looking back some sixty plus years. … [Read more...]

Author Interview – Peter Stamatis (Dandelions for Dinner)

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What is your experience with the setting of the book? Have you visited or lived in the area? If 'yes', what about the area inspired you to use it as the setting?

My dad grew up in Gargaliani, a small town in southwestern Greece. Most of this story takes place there, though there are interludes with Athens, Patras, Chicago, New York, and Detroit. Gargaliani sits on a bluff just several kilometers off the Ionian Sea and is infinitely picturesque. During World War II, the Italian army … [Read more...]

Cover Reveal – Dandelions for Dinner

Book Cover - Dandelions for Dinner

Our next book is Dandelions for Dinner, a memoir set in Greece during World War II. I selected this book from Book Club Reading List. I'm roughly 25% through the book and it's shaping up to be a good read. The author was nice enough to provide us with a short summary below:

Dandelions for Dinner is a book my father and I wrote together. It tells the story of his life from 1933-1946. During those years, dad … [Read more...]

Contemporary Fiction for Baby Boomers – Crimson Clouds

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Let me start by saying that I liked this book a lot. However, due to the nature of our review site, it only merits three stars (more below). If you are looking for a quick, entertaining read, I recommend picking up a copy of Crimson Clouds. This book was featured in our last book poll, as well as one or two polls on Book Club Reading List. Unfortunately, it never won. I chalk the losses up … [Read more...]

Author Interview – Claude Nougat

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What is your experience with the setting of the book? Have you visited or lived in the area? If 'yes', what about the area inspired you to use it as the setting?

I have lived in all the major settings of "Crimson Clouds": New York, Paris, London, Rome but also in the lesser known ones, like that house by the lake (Lake Trasimeno) in Umbria (a lovely region right next door to Tuscany) - and the house I describe in the book is in fact a house I know intimately (it's my own). … [Read more...]