Books to Add to Your Reading List for November

November 21, 2018

Though the temperatures are cooling down and the days getting shorter, it is still the perfect time to add books to your reading list. With an eye towards the holiday gift-giving season, for book lovers, there is something for everyone, whether they are fascinated by history or searching for a charming romance novel.

Those interested in history will undoubtedly be impressed by the work of Sofia Kontogeorge Kostos who researched and edited Before The Silence: Archival News Reports of the Christian Holocaust. The book includes a foreword by Dennis Papazian, Professor Emeritus of the University of Michigan at Dearborn, Founding Executive Director of the Armenian Assembly of America, Co-Chairman Board of Directors, Washington, DC, and an introduction by Elias Neofytides, producer and director of Macedonian TV of USA, co-founder of the Pan-Macedonian Studies Center, and a contributor to The National Herald.

According to the book description, “By design, people at large were not supposed to know about the deliberate extermination of the Christian populations––the Armenians, the Assyrians, and the Greeks that once lived in Asia Minor (now Turkey) for many centuries.

“By design the terrible truths were withheld from us through a conspiracy of silence. Books that were written by U.S. officials were stolen from libraries; were not allowed to be reprinted; and were made unavailable in bookstores. It was only after the 75-year copyright laws were lifted, that some of the eyewitness books were reprinted.

“The U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Henry Morgenthau, described the extermination policies in Turkey as ‘The Greatest Horror in History.’ Please see: The American Red Cross Magazine, March 1918.

“After extensive research, each word of the archival news reports was replicated. Before the Silence contains more than 200 English language news reports from as far as Japan and Australia, between the years 1922 to 1926.”

Before the Silence also includes photographs, footnotes, commentaries by experts in their fields, and cross-references to books and other news reports.

Greek author Effrosyni Moschoudi has set her new novel in a village in Corfu where an ancient evil threatens the characters with mortal danger. An Amazon bestselling author, Moschoudi released her fantasy romance, The Raven Witch of Corfu, in four compelling Kindle episodes on Amazon in October. The paperback edition is now also available on Amazon. Readers who share Moschoudi’s love and passion for Corfu will enjoy the description of the island in the book.

The first episode topped the bestseller list on Amazon U.S. as a new release in Greek and Roman literature just four days after it was released. The book begins with Lizzie arriving on the idyllic island of Corfu, about to undertake the daunting task of finding her twin brother who was kidnapped twenty years earlier in a cave by an evil witch. Complicating matters is Stamatis, a handsome local who steals her heart.

Mouschoudi’s debut novel, The Necklace of Goddess Athena received a silver medal in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards in 2017. A supernatural suspense fantasy, the book features the Olympian gods and time travel. When Phevos turns twenty, his father sends him on a time-traveling journey from ancient to modern-day Athens without telling him why. While there, Phevos finds new friends, romantic love, and a trail of clues that lead to shocking revelations.

The books mentioned above are available online.


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