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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Grace Revealed: a memoir by Greg Archer

Seventy-five years after Joseph Stalin's reign of terror across Eastern Europe, entertainment journalist Greg Archer takes a step back from Hollywood 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: Stalin's mass deportation of nearly two million Polish citizens to the Siberian gulags and the life-shattering events that followed. 

But the author's quest takes a dramatic turn. As he walks an emotional tightrope between the past and the present, can a serendipitous global adventure become a saving grace, heal the ancestral soul and bring justice to his family and their forgotten Polish comrades?
Greg Archer
Greg Archer is an award-winning journalist, editor, cultural moderator and author. His journalism and man-on-the-street coverage of agents of change, arts, culture, travel and the entertainment industry appear regularly in The Huffington Post, San Francisco Examiner, Jetset Extra and on his popular YouTube portal. He has been a contributor to Oprah Magazine, The Advocate, VIA Magazine, Palm Springs Life, Bust, Prevention, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Monterey Herald and other publications.

His book, Grace Revealed: A Memoir, will be released in January 2015. In it, the author takes a step back from Hollywood to explore his Polish family's past. 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 in the 1940s and the life-and-death events that followed. 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? 

"A powerful, haunting and heartfelt tale about one man's attempt to embrace his Polish family's past, shed light on the forgotten deported Poles of the 1940s, and expose the emotional ripple effects that remain. A story that resonates with all." --Kristen Houghton / The Huffington Post and bestselling author of "For I Have Sinned" and "And Then I'll Be Happy."

In 2010, after writing about body image and eating disorders for Oprah Magazine, Greg Archer co-wrote and edited the popular health and wellness book "Shut Up, Skinny Bitches!"

Visit www.gregarcher.com
Review: Wow this memoir was a fascinating read! It mixes glamour with terrifying horrors in a way that shocks and compels the reader. The book combines the fact that we know about this time period, with very touching personal home truths. The way it's written, I felt like I was really there - it's so powerful! 'Grace Revealed: a memoir' is an amazing read that stays with you long after the very last page. Highly recommended.

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