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The Family Roe: An American Story, with Joshua Prager (Zoom)

Please register here. This program is presented in partnership with the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood.


Join Investigative Journalist Joshua Prager for a talk on his deeply researched book, The Family Roe: An American Story. With abortion rights poised to fall, The Family Roe, which was named a finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize, offers extraordinary insight into the Supreme Court’s most divisive case and its plaintiff, Norma McCorvey.


The Family Roe is an engrossing family saga that confronts a half-century of propaganda and myth. Prager spent years with Norma; discovered her personal papers, a previously unseen trove; and witnessed her final moments. He also found the unknown Roe baby, Shelley Thornton, whose conception occasioned the lawsuit. Prager’s profile of Thornton for the Atlantic, adapted from the book, made worldwide front-page news. Hailed by critics on both sides of the debate, Prager’s astonishing book helps us to look with honest eyes at the five decades of struggle that brought us to where we are today.


Joshua Prager has written for the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, he is the author of The Echoing Green, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year.


We are delighted to welcome Tiziana Dearing, host of Radio Boston, as our moderator.


Click here to place a reserve on The Family Roe.


This program is cosponsored by: Belmont Public Library, Bigelow Free Public Library in Clinton. Brockton Public Library, Brulington Public Library, Canton Public Library, Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, Chelmsford Public Library, Dedham Public Library, Gleason Library in Carlisle, Groton Public Library, Haverhill Public Library, Lawrence Library in Pepperell, Memorial Hall Library in Andover, Maynard Public Library, Nashua Public Library, Needham Free Public Library, Nevins Library in Methuen, Newburyport Public Library, Peabody Insititute Library in Danvers, Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell, Reading Public Library, Robbins Library in Arlington, Somerville Public Library, Tewksbury Public Library, Watertown Free Public Library and the Wilmington Memorial Library.


Registration will remain open until the program start time. An email confirmation with the Zoom link will be sent from the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood upon completion of registration. Please be sure to check your spam folder in case it lands there.

Monday, September 19, 2022
7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Ellen Meyers