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My Relationship with Food? It’s complicated

As some of you know, I’ve been doing some extreme, medically supervised dieting since late summer. I’ve lost a good amount of weight and my blood pressure and cholesterol levels have dropped to very healthy levels. I’ve been exercising more without dreading it and have been pretty happy overall. I decided that I would eat …

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Where They Live/d

Please join me on Saturday October 12th for the West Broadway Neighbored Association's house tour - Where They Live/d. The Historic Armory District will be featured which is very close to my mother's childhood home on Marshall Street. I'll be selling and signing copies of A Girl From the Hill with the Old Crow herself! …

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It’s #RIAuthor Month – Meet Pat Mitchell

Thanks to Martha Reynolds once again for featuring me on her blog. A Girl from the Hill is one of the hundreds of books that will be available at the Association of Rhode Island Auhors (ARIA) annual expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet this coming Saturday, December 2nd, 10am to 5 pm. Come visit- books make great gifts!

Martha Reynolds Writes

Pat Mitchell photoThe Girl, with her fiance, in 1946

A Girl from the Hill is a tribute to my mother, who grew up on Federal Hill during the Great Depression. The collection of essays depicts her life of as one of laughter and love, as well as its share of suffering and sorrow.

Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood was, and still is, Rhode Island’s “Little Italy.” Thousands of Italian immigrants, including my grandparents, came to Rhode Island at the turn of the 20th century to begin new, better lives. They struggled to assimilate into American culture, and my mother’s parents, Giovanni and Maria, tried their best to become John and Mary. My mom, their youngest of eight children, was full of joy, and enjoyed much of her childhood despite her mother’s struggle with diabetes.

I began the book merely as a simple exercise, to see if I could actually write a book…

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