Since the beginning of the 20th century, St. Louisí Greek-American community has been a vibrant part of the cityís fabric. Through a series of vivid personal accounts of growing up in two worlds during the post-WWII era, Growing Up Greek in St. Louis explores the challenges faced by Greek-Americans as they sought to preserve a rich cultural heritage while assimilating to American ways.
From a detailed account of her Grandmothersí struggles during the occupation of Greece during WWII and the Asia Minor Holocaust to the first hand experiences faced by Greek-American children in Greek school, the celebration of name days, and the ever-present ìevil eye,î the book captures the sense of tradition, history, hospitality (philotimo), and community so vital to the Greek experience.
Paperback: 128 pages
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces
In this book, author Aphrodite Matsakis reflects on her experience and identity within the community that has shaped her life. Dr. Matsakis, a native of St. Louis, has worked as a counseling psychologist for 25 years and has authored 10 books on an array of psychological topics.