April 28 2015

Grace Revealed: A Memoir Book Review

Grace Revealed: A Memoir

by Greg Archer

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“Powerful, touching and heartfelt.”—The Huffington Post

 

About the Book

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GREG ARCHER is an author, cultural moderator, award-winning journalist, television host and motivational speaker. His latest book, GRACE REVEALED: A MEMOIR, goes from glitz to the Gulags as the popular entertainment reporter takes a step back from Hollywood to explore his Polish family’s mesmerizing tale surviving Joseph Stalin’s mass deportation of Poles during the 1940s. What he uncovers along the way fuels his mission to not only expose the nearly forgotten odyssey that befell nearly 2 million Poles 75 years ago, but to also expose the ripple effects that remain today.

Seventy-five years after Joseph Stalin’s reign of terror across Eastern Europe, author Greg Archer takes a step back from Hollywood reporting and examines his Polish family’s mind-bending odyssey of the 1940s. In the process, he exposes one of the most under-reported events of the 20th Century: Joseph Stalin’s mass deportation of nearly 2 million Polish citizens to the Siberian Gulags and the life-and-death events that followed—from Siberia to the Middle East and ultimately, Eastern Africa. But the author’s quest takes a dramatic turn. As he walks an emotional tightrope between the past and the present, can a serendipitous overseas adventure become a saving grace, heal the ancestral soul and bring justice to his family and their forgotten Polish comrades?

Excerpt

It all began with a broken picture frame and actor Ewan McGregor. But not at the same time. And a photograph of Ewan McGregor was not even in the picture frame. Nor did the Hollywood hotshot have anything to do with breaking it.

Allow me to explain …

It was the Fall of 2010 … which is the perfect way to begin a story, but for me, it really could be taken quite literally.

One morning, I walked into my third-floor office of the weekly magazine at which I was the editor in Santa Cruz, California. To my surprise, the double picture frame housing two different black-and-white photos of my Polish family lay face up on my desk and the glass from the frames broken, the remnants arranged in a clumsy collection of jagged shards right there atop of it.

My Polish grandmother’s disenchanted eyes stared up at me with haunting concern from one of those photos and her tightly drawn lips refused her powdered, solemn face to soften. Next to her lay a group portrait of my grandmother, my aunt, my three uncles, and my mother, all at various ages in their youth, sitting on a bench outdoors in Tanzania, Africa, during the 1940s.

I sat down behind my desk and quickly assessed the situation, glancing at the top shelf on the wall nearly three feet away. The picture frame typically resided there and during the course of any given week, I would peer up at those photos more times than I could accurately assess and ruminate—on my family’s strength, their will, how World War II affected them. At times, these deep thoughts temporarily assisted me in avoiding a life-long habit I had yet to fully overcome: Mood Swinging.

I would not necessarily call myself bipolar.

Emotional? Of course.  But bipolar. No. (Not yet.)

 

Book Review

It is my pleasure to read and review GRACE REVEALED: A MEMOIR by Greg Archer.

I don’t often find myself engrossed in a recounting of distant family history, but Greg Archer has written a memoir that is so astonishing that I didn’t want to put it down.

We often read of the horrors of the concentration camps of Germany and Japan, but this is the first time I have read a description of the atrocities of Stalin and the Russian military prior to WWII.

My heart breaks for the millions upon millions of families expelled from Poland by Stalin and the horrors that they faced. As the facts presented by Mr. Archer’s research hold forth, this is genocide of the worst seen in the twentieth century, and possibly ever.

I applaud Mr. Archer for taking this courageous journey, mentally and physically, to trace his Polish heritage and uncover the truths about his family so as to give their ghosts some peace.

I highly recommend GRACE REVEALED: A MEMOIR by Greg Archer and humbly give five steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee.

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About the Author

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GREG ARCHER is an author, cultural moderator, award-winning journalist, television host and motivational speaker. His latest book, GRACE REVEALED: A MEMOIR, goes from glitz to the Gulags as the popular entertainment reporter takes a step back from Hollywood to explore his Polish family’s mesmerizing tale surviving Joseph Stalin’s mass deportation of Poles during the 1940s. What he uncovers along the way fuels his mission to not only expose the nearly forgotten odyssey that befell nearly 2 million Poles 75 years ago, but to also expose the ripple effects that remain today.

****GREG ARCHER’s work covering agents of change, history, travel and the entertainment industry have appeared in The Huffington Post, Oprah Magazine, San Francisco Examiner, The Advocate, Bust, Palm Springs Life, VIA Magazine, Jetset Extra and on variety of cable television outlets. A four-time recipient of the Best Writer Award in a popular San Francisco Bay Area Readers’ Poll, he shines the light on change agents near and far, and other under-reported issues in society. His splits his time between his hometown of Chicago, and Palm Springs.

Connect with the Author

WEB: www.gregarcher.com

GRACE REVEALED: A MEMOIR SITE: www.gracerevealedbook.com

GRACE REVEALED / FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grace-Revealed-A-Memoir/835500373138365?ref=hl

BOOK TRAILERS:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbxpaZiDod4

TWITTER @Greg_Archer

 

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4 COMMENTS :

  1. By momjane on

    This is a really great review. This sounds like a very good story.

  2. By GREG ARCHER on

    Very good to be here in this memorable place. I appreciate your site and the creativity that is brought to it. Happy to be on this BLOG TOUR and happy with this wonderful stop and look forward to interacting with others here. Thank you for hosting…
    Best wishes,
    GREG ARCHER

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