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A Greek Odyssey in the American West, Helen Papanikolas


1 A Greek Odyssey in the American West
Helen Papanikolas
327 pages, Illus., paperback / softcover, University of Nebraska Press / Bison Books
A Greek Odyssey in the American West begins with Helen Papanikolas discussing her childhood in Helper, Utah. Helper's population was as odd a conglomeration as could be found anywhere in the West: French sheepherders; Chinese and Japanese restaurant owners; African American, Greek, and Italian rail and coal workers; and finally, Mormon, Jewish, and Slav businessmen settled in and around Helper, a way station for the Denver and Rio Grande Western railroad.
This book, however, is not Papanikolas's life story but the story of her parent's individual emigrations to the United States, their meeting and courtship, and their migrations within the West as they pursued job opportunities. Papanikolas movingly and eloquently recreates and interprets the experience of parents trying hard to succeed in America without losing their rich heritage and who ultimately enrich the culture of their adopted country.

About Author
Helen Papanikolas lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is the author of Small Bird, Tell Me: Stories of Greek Immigrants in Utah and The Apple Falls from the Tree: Stories.

Reviews
"A frank and haunting portrayal of two Greek children who grew up to become parents of Americans. . . . Papanikolas has mixed oral history, folk and family lore, primary documents, on-site observations, secondary sources, and personal remembrances into a heady mixture, animated with characters no longer present in the Greek-American world, pungent with smells and sounds long changed, rich in proverbs and songs near forgotten. This is a vivid description of an ethnic community in the American West."—Western Historical Quarterly

"A searching and revealing history of the author’s parents and a probing look into the creative self of an accomplished immigration and ethnic historian. . . . As history, the study transcends a mere account of two immigrants and captures the essence and flavor of immigrant life in Utah and the West."—Journal of American History
28747X 
Price: 17.95 USD

 
An Amulet of Greek Earth: Generations of Immigrant Folk Culture, Helen Papanikolas


2 An Amulet of Greek Earth: Generations of Immigrant Folk Culture
Helen Papanikolas
312 pages, 7 x 10, paperback / softcover, Ohio University Press / Swallow Press
The boys and men who left their Greek valley and mountain villages in the early 1900s for America came with amulets their mothers had made for them. Some were miniature sacks attached to a necklace; more often they were merely a square of fabric enclosing the values of their lives: a piece of a holy book or a sliver of the True Cross representing their belief in Greek Orthodoxy; a thyme leaf denoting their wild terrain; a blue bead to ward off the Evil Eye; and a pinch of Greek earth.
In her evocative and meticulously researched book An Amulet of Greek Earth, author Helen Papanikolas explains and examines the vibrant culture these immigrants brought with them to the new world. The Romiosini culture, as it was called, provided the foundation for their new lives and was oftentimes the cause of strife as they passed on their beliefs and traditions to successive generations of Greek Americans.
In the tradition of her fictional accounts of Greek immigrant life, Helen Papanikolas unearths the cultural beliefs and passions that compelled the Greek-American community to make its own way into the broader culture of America. Based on extensive study, personal interviews, and a lifetime of experience, An Amulet of Greek Earth is a revealing and informative chronicle of the immigrant's experience in becoming an American.
See also:
Small Bird, Tell Me
The Apple Falls from the Apple Tree
The Time of the Little Black Bird

About Author
Helen Papanikolas was the author of several books of fiction and non-fiction, most recently the novel The Time of the Little Black Bird, winner of the Utah Book Award for Fiction

Reviews
“Writers like Papanikolas should live a thousand years.” —Journal of the Int. Greek Folklore Society
010382 
Price: 19.96 USD

 
 
Small Bird, Tell Me: Stories of Greek Immigrants, Helen Papanikolas


3 Small Bird, Tell Me: Stories of Greek Immigrants
Helen Papanikolas
208 pages, paperback / softcover, Ohio University Press / Swallow Press
Helen Papanikolas has been honored frequently for her work in ethnic and labor history. Among her many publications are Toil and Rage in a New Land: The Greek Immigrants in Utah, Peoples of Utah (ed.), and her parents' own story of migration, Emily-George. With Small Bird, Tell Me, she joins a long and ancient tradition of Greek story-tellers whose art informs and enriches our lives.
See also:
An Amulet of Greek Earth
The Apple Falls from the Apple Tree
The Time of the Little Black Bird

About Author
Helen Papanikolas was the author of several books of fiction and non-fiction, most recently the novel The Time of the Little Black Bird, winner of the Utah Book Award for Fiction.

Reviews
"In their ethnicity, their Greekness, they transcend culture, obliterate boundaries with specificity and power. Shocking in their simplicity and unpretentiousness, they speak to us directly, like the diary of a lost relative." —The Salt Lake Tribune

"She carries literary dexterity and grace to its ultimate...Being rooted in her people, she is able to probe deeply into their personal experiences and foibles, with compassion and understanding." —The Greek American

"Papanikolas is lovingly precise in her descriptions of clothing, hair styles, photographs, jewelry, food, furniture and decor. These images appear much like variegated stones at the bottom of a clear stream. They dazzle, define, and anchor." —The Deseret News, (Salt Lake City)
009821 
Price: 15.96 USD

 
The Apple Falls from the Apple Tree, Helen Papanikolas


4 The Apple Falls from the Apple Tree
Helen Papanikolas
261 pages, paperback / softcover, Ohio University Press / Swallow Press
The title of Helen Papanikolas' second collection of short stories, The Apple Falls from the Apple Tree, is taken from an old Greek proverb and speaks of the new generation's struggle with the vestiges of Greek customs. Gone are the raw, overt emotions of the pioneers, their bold prejudices, and, especially, the haunting black fatalism of funerals. Yet their children retain much of their parents' culture. Although they live far from the old Greek towns, we see their rivalries, envy of the successful, and hubris as they respond to their experiences of intermarriage, old age, and loss. The exoticism and color of immigrant life wanes as each generation that follows those first patriarchs and matriarchs becomes "more like the Americans." These are stories of the long passage of immigration-from accommodation, to the straddling of two cultures, and ending with assimilation. They are stories of a particular people, but they could be about any people.
See also:
An Amulet of Greek Earth
Small Bird, Tell Me
The Time of the Little Black Bird

About Author
Helen Papanikolas was the author of several books of fiction and non-fiction, most recently the novel The Time of the Little Black Bird, winner of the Utah Book Award for Fiction.

Reviews
“Writers like Papanikolas should live a thousand years.” —Journal of the Int’l Greek Folklore Society
009945 
Price: 14.96 USD

 
 
The Time of the Little Black Bird, Helen Papanikolas


5 The Time of the Little Black Bird
Helen Papanikolas
256 pages, Ohio University Press / Swallow Press
A bittersweet saga of an immigrant dynasty
In 1906 a young, semiliterate Greek arrived in America with a fewdollars in his pocket and his people's legacy of proverbs, superstitions, and cultural traits to guide him through the dangers and opportunities of a new world. The Time of the Little Black Bird begins with the story of this young man and his plan to build a future for his family as it makes its way in America.
Told in a clear-eyed yet compassionate voice, The Time of the Little Black Bird is a novel of generations, loyalty, betrayal, tradition, and greed. Centering on a family business that grows from a few shabby storefronts and a run-down hotel at the side of the Salt Lake City railroad yards, the story finds the Kallos family weathering the Depression and the war years to become rich. Beset by awkward attempts to assimilate and by the testing of family values, the family solidarity unravels and is discovered as a smokescreen for a business treachery that had been developing for three generations.
Unlike Greek stories of old, the drama is rendered on a human scale and is unswerving in its honest depiction. But like those old Greek tales, there is a timelessness and a universality drawn from the particulars of those portrayed.
See also:
An Amulet of Greek Earth
Small Bird, Tell Me
The Apple Falls from the Apple Tree

About Author
Helen Papanikolas was the author of several books of fiction and non-fiction, most recently the novel The Time of the Little Black Bird, winner of the Utah Book Award for Fiction.

Reviews
"The Time of the Little Black Bird's breadth and depth, its over-arching compassion, is nurtured by a mature and understated wisdom. Papanikolas' fine skills as a writer seldom give way to shortcuts, never to triteness or sentimentality. The novel nurtures its own light, its own forward movement, its own life. Nothing is imposed. Utah is lucky to have Papanikolas, and should be grateful for the rich and significant history her work represents." —Utah Book Awards
01017X 
Price: 14.96 USD

 
A Traveller's History of Greece, T. Boatswain & C. Nicolson


6 A Traveller's History of Greece
T. Boatswain & C. Nicolson
5" x 7 3/4" • 352 pages • maps and line drawings • paperback, Interlink Publishing
In A Traveller’s History of Greece, the reader is provided with an authoritative general history of Greece from its earliest beginnings down to the present day. It covers in a clear and comprehensive manner the classical past, the conflict with Persia, the conquest by the Romans, the Byzantine era and the occupation by the Turks; the struggle for independence and the turbulence of recent years, right up to current events. This history will help the visitor make sense of modern Greece against the background of its diverse heritage. A Gazetteer, cross-referenced with the main text highlights the importance of sites, towns and ancient battlefields. A Chronology details the significant dates and a brief survey of the artistic styles of each period is given. Illustrated with maps and line drawings, A Traveller’s History of Greece is an invaluable companion for your vacation.



About Author
Tim Boatswain has degrees in Ancient History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology and has worked in the fields of Byzantine Studies and numismatics. He is at present Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, the University of Luton, England. Colin Nicolson teaches Modern European History at the University of North London.
565227 
Price: 14.95 USD

 
 
Greek Girl & Boy Paper Dolls, Yuko Green


7 Greek Girl & Boy Paper Dolls
Yuko Green
16 pages, 9 1/4 x 12 1/4, Paper Dolls, paperback, Dover Publications
This colorful paper doll collection demonstrates the varied and distinctive traditional costumes of Greece's many different geographical regions. Two dolls are accompanied by 32 costumes, among them brightly embroidered skirts, jackets, aprons, vests, and shirts from the mainland (Thrace, Macedonia, Athens, etc.) and the islands (Rhodes, Corfu, Crete and others). Also included are gowns and robes from the Classical era. This charming collection will appeal to paper doll fans, Greek-Americans, teachers, and anyone interested in Greek culture. Dover Original. 2 dolls on gatefold cover. 32 full-color costumes on 8 plates of light-weight stock.
423891 
Price: 3.95 USD

     


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