Dandelions for Dinner
by Sam P. Stamatis and Peter S. Stamatis Greece at War and a Family's Dreams of America

Dandelions for Dinner


"... must reading for anyone interested in the struggles and sacrifices of the Greek people to save their nation from totalitarianism and to secure for their children the freedom and democracy their ancestors bequeathed to the world."

Nicholas Gage, author of Eleni 

Our next event...

The Brookline Book Club Meetup Group

Book: Dandelions for Dinner

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
  • Bruegger's Bagels

    253 Harvard St, Brookline, MA (map)

     Look for the Meetup sign

  • After a long hiatus from reading, we're kicking off our new season with a memoir that is highly-relevant to the current crisis in Greece, Dandelions for Dinner.  
  • Told through the eyes of a child, Sam Stamatis recounts his experiences of life in Greece between 1933 and 1946.   With the help of his son, Peter, we will learn about one family’s survival of famine, World War II, occupation and a subsequent bloody civil war.  This is a story experienced by many in Greece and elsewhere ... a story of hope, a strong mother, and survival.
  • I am approx 25% through the book and feel comfortable bringing it forward as our first novel.  So far, it's a fast read, well-written and entertaining.
  • Meet the Author via Skype
  • We will have the pleasure of speaking with the author, Peter Stamatis.  He will join us via Skype for part of the meeting.  So, get your questions ready!


Radio announcerLISTEN HERE 

Podcast of our May 10, 2012 interview 

Austin Hellenic Radio 

Hosted by Michael Nevradakis.  We will be discussing our book, Dandelions for Dinner.


*****Our latest award recognitions*******

This just in!!!

Dandelions for Dinner 
has been named 



Memoir Category

Sharp Writ Book Awards


Award-Winning Finalist
in the 

Autobiography/Memoirs category 
2012 International Book Awards


A GREAT BIG thank you to Barnes and Nobles for listing our book, Dandelions for Dinner, among the Barnes & Noble Rising Star Special Collection on bn.com.  We appreciate the recognition!  Click here to view.


Dandelions for Dinner:

Greece at War and a Family's Dreams of America


What happens to a family already on the brink of disaster when the world around them crumbles?

 Dandelions for Dinner presents a memoir set in the sleepy town of Gargaliani, Greece, spanning the last quarter of the nineteenth century through the Greek Civil War of the 1940s. Told through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old boy, it is an epic tale of youth, family, poverty, war, and unjust loss. It is also an uplifting story of how in the midst of calamity, survival is possible by using your head, taking your hits, and maintaining an undying faith.

Though it is the tale of a family that is by all standards poor, Dandelions for Dinner demonstrates just how rich the poor can be when they have hope, faith, and love for one another—when they maintain the lessons of their parents and forefathers, nurture a love of education, and never let up on their hope for freedom. This memoir is, above all, a story about the importance of America—not only for those who live there, but also for all those who reside in the dark corners of faraway lands and dream of a better life.

Over the course of their life together, any family will most assuredly experience both want and plenty, suffering and joy. Dandelions for Dinner is the surprising story of what remains when everything else is lost.


The Authors

Sam Stamatis was born in Gargaliani, Greece. He immigrated to the United States at age thirteen and later served in the US Army. After a long career as an electrical engineer, Sam retired.  He lives in Chicago's northern suburbs with Litsa, his wife of some fifty years.

Peter Stamatis is the youngest of Sam's three children. He works as a trial lawyer in Chicago.  Peter lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago.