"If everybody loved flowers, there would be no war." That's what George Psailas, the caretaker of the British cemetery on the Greek island of Corfu told me and the English-speaking visitors ...
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Family, folklore, fate.
These are the themes that shape my life—and my books and articles.
Lucky in Love
is a guide to planning a wedding that’s unique, meaningful, and, above all, auspicious, with the help of customs from all over the world.
It’s also the embodiment of some of my core beliefs: We have a lot to learn from the generations and cultures that came before us. We shape our own fate, but every life could benefit from a little magic. And, like love, luck multiplies when it’s shared.
North of Ithaka
My first book, a travel memoir, describes the ten months I spent living in Lia, the tiny Greek mountaintop village where my father was born and my grandmother was murdered, overseeing the rebuilding of my grandparents’ house, which fell into ruin after the Greek Civil War.
Maya Das is an Indian-American doctor who believes that her family has been cursed. Over the course of this novel she travels between New York City and India in an attempt to lift the curse, save her family, and forge one identity while torn between two cultures.
The Ladies of Managua
Inspired in part by my Nicaraguan grandmother-in-law, this novel, set in Nicaragua and New Orleans, follows three generations of Nicaraguan women as they explore their intense relationships to each other, and to their homeland.
The daughter of a Greek father and a Minnesotan mother, I grew up in Athens, Greece, and the suburbs of Worcester, Massachusetts—and became obsessed with cultural rituals and traditions along the way.
My fascination with cultural rituals, beliefs, and intermixing inspired me to study Folklore and Mythology when I went off to college at Harvard University. (You can imagine how un-thrilled my parents were with my choice of major!) Four days after graduation, I moved to New York to work in magazine journalism.
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From the blog
Travel articles, tried-and-true rituals, and everything in between.
When I was single, I always imagined that if I didn't marry someone Greek, I'd marry someone I could steamroll with my culture. After all, that's what my dad did. My mom is from Minnesota ...
I just now learned the Greek word for Equinox. While "equinox" comes from the Latin words for "equal night," the Greek term, Ισημερία, means "equal day." I owe my vocab lesson to a kind ...
After my parents moved our family back to the US from Greece, where we lived for five years, we returned most summers. I know there were mishaps—my sister, Marina, sat on a jellyfish and ...