Growing Up Catholic in the Twentieth Century

A 1940s - 1950s Memoir

by S. P. Perone



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/20/2021

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 482
ISBN : 9781663217424
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 482
ISBN : 9781663209177
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 482
ISBN : 9781663209160

About the Book

Parochial school in the 1940s and ’50s. Strict discipline and rigid rules. Everything was verboten—from eating meat on Friday to patent leather shoes. The catechism told us we were sinners; Bible stories told us we would be punished. Teen-agers would struggle with “sinful” emotions and humiliating confessions. Finding ways to circumvent the rules—without the guilt and fear—became this teen-ager’s obsession. It was mid-century America, when one didn’t question authority; when millions proudly joined the army to fight World War II; when those at home gladly sacrificed; and when everything seemed black and white. Coming of age during those times, headed for that ultimate jarring collision with reality, was a humorous-in-retrospect adventure that needed to be told—a nostalgic romp for those who were there and a poignant revelation for those who were not.

About the Author

Sam Perone has worked in academic and government arenas and as a consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has published numerous technical articles, two textbooks, nine novels and two memoirs. He and his wife live in the Sierra foothills of Northern California. Visit his web site at