Third Wednesday of the Month
Wednesday June 17 at 6:30 p.m.
The Devil's Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea - postponed from March
"the single most compelling, lucid, and lyrical contemporary account of the absurdity of U.S. border policy" (The Atlantic). Urrea offers brilliant investigative reporting of what went wrong when, In May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, known as the "Devil's Highway." Only 12 men came back out. Three years later, Luis Alberto Urrea wrote about what happened to them. The result was a national bestseller, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, , and a work proclaimed as a modern American classic.
The Doctor Broad: A Mafia Love Story by Barbara H Roberts - Postponed from April
For decades starting in the 1950s, Raymond Patriarca ran the New England Mafia out of a storefront in Providence, Rhode Island. By 1980 he was seventy-two years old, and suffering from diabetes and heart disease. One night in December of that year his life intersected with that of Dr. Barbara Roberts, a thirty-six-year old single mother of three, who was the first female cardiologist to practice in Rhode Island. Asked by Raymond's family to check on him after he was arrested on capital charges, Barbara--a naive Alice in Wonderland--entered a looking-glass world populated by pitfalls, moral ambiguities and dangers for which her devout upbringing had not prepared her. How did a former Catholic schoolgirl from a working-class family become the physician and defender of one Mafioso, and the mistress of another? How did her children handle these scandalous associations and the resulting hostile publicity--and what were the reactions of their fathers?
Expanding on the story first told in the popular Crimetown podcast, this memoir is a tale of motherhood, political activism, controversy, heartbreak and survival; it traces one woman's trajectory against the backdrop of America's 20th century upheavals.