04/02/2015 7:00 pm

Book Launch!

A tale of love, murder, insanity and the law. Plus two zealous newspaper reporters and a couple of clever detectives in 1930s Boston. Tommy Gun Winter" is the improbable but true story of four Bostonians who once shared the front pages with John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd and Bonnie and Clyde. One was a beautiful minister's daughter, another was a graduate of MIT, and their leader was Murt Millen - smart, persuasive and unbalanced. The story is told by a veteran journalist who tracks down a family secret.

Millen was the son of a successful immigrant Jewish contractor. He dreamed of becoming a race car driver, but instead chose crime. He ensnared his brother, Irv, and then aeronautical engineer and ROTC officer Abe Faber. The brilliant Faber found in Millen the only person he ever loved. Norma Brighton was the 18-year-old who fled her father's home two weeks after meeting Murt in a beachfront dance hall. Murt and Norma married, and three weeks later the first person died.  Then another. And then came a fatal bank robbery.

In an era before surveillance cameras, cell phones or computers the gang escaped clean away after Murt cut down two police officers--Francis Haddock and Forbes McLeod. There was little evidence at the scene, eyewitnesses were unreliable, the license plate number was fake. Police were stymied. But working the crime were a couple of clever detectives and two zealous newspaper reporters. What followed was a remarkable investigation and record-setting trial where testimony from friends, family, physicians and seventeen psychiatrists unveiled an emotional triangle gone very bad.

This story of an interfaith marriage, sex, insanity and bloodshed made the three men and their "red-headed gun moll" infamous. Using newly released state police records, trial transcripts and meticulous research, Gorenstein's account explores the Millen, Faber, and Brighton families and introduces us to cops, psychiatrists, newspaper men and women, and ordinary citizens caught up in the extraordinary Tommy Gun Winter of 1934.

Location: 
Street:
82 Needham St # 84
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City:
Newton Highlands
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Province:
Massachusetts
Postal Code:
02461
Country:
United States
04/08/2015 1:00 pm
Photo by Cary NortonThe Localist: Think Independent, Buy Local, and Reclaim the American Dream is the story of one girl's journey from buy-local blogger to woman entrepreneur and indie-shop advocate. When Carrie Rollwagen decided to give up corporate shopping for a year and instead shop local-only, she knew that she'd have to learn how to shop local, that she'd discover new indie businesses, and that she'd need to makeover her shopping habits. What she didn't know is that she'd save money, discover how to connect with her community, and learn to love indie business more than the big box stores she'd bought from all her life. She also didn't know that, before her buy-local year was over, she'd be the owner of her own independent business, a community coffee shop and indie bookstore in Birmingham, Alabama. In The Localist, we follow Carrie on her localist adventure as she embraces slow food, small business, the locavore movement, and many quirky indie shopkeepers and unique independent shops along the way. She tells the story of her year of blogging about buying local in Birmingham, Alabama, and she gives us an inside look at her experience as a new female entrepreneur opening a new neighborhood business: Church Street Coffee & Books, an independent bookshop and locally owned coffee shop. Part memoir, part manual on how to shop local, The Localist is pro-community, but it's not necessarily anti-corporate. Carrie doesn't attack all big business, but rather shows us what we create with our shopping dollars and helps us see new ways of making positive impact on our communities with our spending. Big box stores are convenient, but corporations are not people, and it's important that we shop local and support indie business to keep the scales balanced between Main Street and Corporate America. Carrie Rollwagen is a copywriter and independent business owner based in Birmingham, Alabama. The Localist: Think Independent, Buy Local, and Reclaim the American Dream, based on her year-long blog about choosing independent shops over big box stores, is her first book Carrie's blog is  http://carrierollwagen.com/blog/

Location: 
Street:
82 Needham St # 84
Additional:
City:
Newton Highlands
,
Province:
Massachusetts
Postal Code:
02461
Country:
United States


 

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