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New Books to Add to Your List

By on December 28, 2023


by Maria A. Karamitsos

Maria A. Karamitsos

You’ve heard of Mnemosyni, the Greek goddess of memory. Mythology buffs will know that she’s also the goddess of storytelling—and mother of the Muses! So, it’s only fitting to name a literary column in her honor. Here, you’ll learn about authors, poets, books, and all things “Greek” literary.

By: Maria A. Karamitsos

Welcome back! Here are new releases from some Greek authors. I haven’t had a chance to read most of them yet, so for those, I’ve included information from their book blurbs. Grab those holiday gift cards and get ready to head to the bookstore!

Keep reading for new books to add to your list!


The Fury by Alex Michaelides (Celadon)

Coming January 16, 2024 is the latest by the New York Times Bestselling Greek-Cypriot-Brit Author of The Silent Patient and The Maidens. “It’s a masterfully paced thriller about a reclusive ex–movie star and her famous friends whose spontaneous trip to a private Greek island is upended by a murder.”

Mary Whitcombe by Valerie Nifora (Author Academy Elite)

Just out in late November, Mary Whitcombe is book 2 in ‘The Fairmounts” series by this New York author. We met Mary in The Fairmounts, book 1. “She’s an heiress who’s lost her fortune, caught up in a whirlwind romance, and abandoned by all she once knew…If you relish deeply passionate characters, enthralling mysteries, and dramatic deceit, you’ll adore Valerie Nifora’s timeless storytelling.” She is also the author of Unleash the Power of You, a guide to personal branding and a poetry collection, called I Ask the Wind.

Winter Harvest by Ioanna Papadopoulou (Ghost Orchid Press)

Recently released, it’s the debut novel by this Scotland-based author. It’s a “dark reimagining of the tale of Demeter and Persephone. Steeped in lore and with a deep understanding of the many different facets of Demeter’s personality, this retelling will change your perspective on one of the most well-known stories of Greek mythology.”

Oriana: A Novel of Oriana Fallaci by Anastasia Rubis (Delphinium)

The debut novel from this New Jersey-based author will be out in March 2024. “Oriana is the first (biographical) novel about the glamorous and fearless Italian journalist who holds a place beside Mike Wallace and Barbara Walters when naming world-class interviewers… it’s the story of one of the first women to break through the glass ceiling of journalism, a woman who wasn’t afraid to speak truth to power and who revolutionized her field, all while trying to balance her career with love and happiness.”


Dream On…Now Deliver: The no nonsense guide to achieving success in the entertainment industry by Patricia Kara (The Three Tomatoes Publishing)

The first book by this Chicago actress, model, spokesperson, and TV personality best known as #9 on the TV show, ‘Deal or No Deal’, will be out in January. Patricia has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years and shares her hard-earned wisdom about breaking into the industry and thriving in it.

The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis by Maria Smilios (GP Putnam’s Sons)

Out last fall, this is the first book by this New York-born writer. Upon learning about this story back in 2016, while working as a science editor for Spring, Maria was compelled to share it. “The Black Angels recovers the voices of these extraordinary women and puts them at the center of this riveting story, celebrating their legacy and spirit of survival.”


She’s Not Normal by Koraly Dimitriadis (Outside the Box Press)

This new collection from the best-selling Greek-Cypriot-Australian writer, poet, and performer came out in early December. Koraly has published two other poetry collections. “She’s not normal, why can’t she be normal, she makes me feel really uncomfortable… It’s an empowering collection of poetry…for people who are not normal.”

Whispers of the Soul: A Poetry Collection by Despoina Kemeridou (independently published)

Born in Thessaloniki, Despoina began writing in 2009. She is the author of two romances stories and two poetry collections. Whispers of the Soul came out in early December. It’s a journey into the depths of human emotions. She delves deep, sharing raw and powerful emotions on a roller coaster ride from hurt and despair, to grasping for hope and finding light in the darkness.

Now you have some great new books to add to your To-Be-Read list! See you next time for more of Mnemosyni’s Musings.

About Maria A. Karamitsos

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