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Nonfiction Book Group @ Central

Nonfiction Book Group @ Central

This month the Nonfiction Book Group will read and discuss Down City: A Daughter's Story of Love, Memory and Murder by Leah Carroll

"Like James Ellroy's, My Dark Places, DOWN CITY is a gripping narrative built of memory and reportage, and Leah Carroll's portrait of Rhode Island is sure to take a place next Mary Karr's portrayal of her childhood in East Texas and David Simon's gritty Baltimore. Leah Carroll's mother, a gifted amateur photographer, was murdered by two drug dealers with Mafia connections when Leah was four years old. Her father, a charming alcoholic who hurtled between depression and mania, was dead by the time she was eighteen. Why did her mother have to die? Why did the man who killed her receive such a light sentence? What darkness did Leah inherit from her parents? Leah was left to put together her own future and, now in her memoir, she explores the mystery of her parents' lives, through interviews, photos, and police records. DOWN CITY is a raw, wrenching memoir of a broken family and an indelible portrait of Rhode Island- a tiny state where the ghosts of mafia kingpins live alongside the feisty, stubborn people working hard just to get by. Heartbreaking, and mesmerizing, it's the story of a resilient young woman's determination to discover the truth about a mother she never knew and the deeply troubled father who raised her-a man who was, Leah writes, "both my greatest champion and biggest obstacle."

Free and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register click the button below or contact the library for assistance. Copies of the book will be available to pick up at the Circulation Desk of the Central Library.

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Date:
Wednesday, August 28, 2024
Time:
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Contact:
Robin Nyzio; 401-943-9080 x3; rnyzio@cranstonlibrary.org
Location:
C-Lab
Branch:
Central Library
Audience:
  Adults  
Categories:
  Book & Movie Groups  

Register for this event using the form below. There are 15 seats available.