Growing Up the Greek Way in the Big Apple by Mike Pappas

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When you grow up Greek, you grow up differently—especially in the culturally rich city of New York.
Mike Pappas was born just after the start of World War II to parents who left Greece seeking a better life. In this memoir, he recalls his boyhood adventures in vivid detail, sharing memories that are sad, bizarre, insightful, and fun.
Growing up in New York City and being a first-generation Greek immigrant was an adventure in and of itself. It was a time everybody remembered and treasured. Mike Pappas recalls his family’s quirks and the many old traditions he tried to adhere to but often failed to carry out. Caught between two worlds, he enjoyed the best of both of them.
Here are the varied experiences of Lent and Holy week and hidden aspects of Greek Orthodox life that are woven into everyday life. Explore two worlds and discover—or relive—what it means to grow up as a Greek American. This memoir is full of insight, enthusiasm, and honesty about what it was like Growing Up the Greek Way in the Big Apple.

About Mike Pappas

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Mike Pappaswas born in New York City shortly after the start of World War II. The son of Greek immigrants, he lived in New York until he got married. He spent thirty-five years in the food business. He currently lives in New Jersey.
Published March 23, 2011 by iUniverse. 176 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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