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Dewey's Readers Book Group

Dewey’s Readers

Third Week of the Month

Tuesday June 16 at 4:00 p.m.

Hi to all,

In the spirit of getting to a “new normal”, I thought we might change up the Dewey’s Readers Non-Fiction Book Group. We would still meet the third week of the month but change the time to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the weather, so we can have our meeting outside on the lawn.

The book to be discussed is “The Doctor Broad: A Mafia Love Story” by Dr. Barbara Roberts.

Dr. Roberts will attend our meeting and answer questions about the book, her life and her views on COVID-19.


Masks, social distancing and a lawn chair are the only requirements for this event.



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.

The Next Book will be

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore

Room Reservation: 
Tuesday, June 16
Program Time: 
4:00pm - 4:45pm
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Name of Organization: 
Jamestown Philomenian Library
Contact Name: 
Deborah Homer
Contact Phone Number: 
401 423-7284
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