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Ray&Joan Cover 1iContactAuthor Lisa Napoli discusses her new book, Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away.

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting: 7 pm
Author Talk: 7:30 pm

Ray Kroc was peddling franchises around the country for a fledgling hamburger stand in the 1950s—McDonald’s, it was called— when he entered a St. Paul supper club and encountered a beautiful young piano player who would change his life forever. The attraction between Ray and Joan was instantaneous, and instantly problematic. Yet even the fact that both were married to other people couldn’t derail their roller coaster of a romance. Their story forms a compelling portrait of the twentieth century: a story of big business, big love and big giving.


LisaNapoli 1iContactA journalist for over thirty years, author Lisa Napoli was among the pioneering team of journalists at the New York Times who covered the early days of the dot-com era. Lisa’s first book, Radio Shangri-La (Crown, 2011) chronicles the dawn of democratic rule in the mysterious Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, where she was invited to help start a youth-oriented radio station.

Copies of Ray and Joan will be for sale at the event. Please use to RSVP and help the Friends of the Library determine the number of books to bring for sales and autographs. Search Lisa Napoli Friends of the Library.

Visitors to Downtown Central Library receive 3 hours FREE parking across Harvard Street at the Marketplace parking structure with validation at the service desk. Handicapped parking is available on the east side of the building. Short term parking spaces are available on the east and south sides of the building. Metered parking is available on Harvard Street and on the west side of the building in Lot #10.

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