Vintage images coupled with facts and anecdotes culled by local authors Ann Marie Aliotta and Suzy Berschback reveal the fascinating history of legendary locals in Grosse Pointe. One of the oldest communities in the mid-west with European roots dating back to the 1600s, the citizens of Grosse Pointe continue to value the hardworking, civic-minded and family-oriented traditions of their founders that made the city an alluring destination for both vacationers and permanent settlers alike.
“I want people to realize that those who have come before us had struggles and joys in life just like we do,” said author Suzy Berschback. The book covers both town greats and unsung heroes like William Newnan, the US soldier who managed to escape a German prison camp in Italy in WWII and made it back to Grosse Pointe to tell his story, and Edie Parker, the Grosse Pointe socialite who wooed Jack Kerouac when she met him at Columbia University in 1940 and later inspired the character of Judie Smith in his novel The Town and the City.
Aliotta and Berschback are excited to share the new book with locals. “We want for these stories to enrich lives—we want them to matter,” they said.
Join the Authors for a Book Signing!
When: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Grosse Pointe Historical Society
381 Kercheval Avenue,
Grosse Pointe, MI 48236
For more information contact 313.884.7010
The book will be available at events, area bookstores, independent retailers, online retailers, and through the publisher at www.legendarylocals.com or (888)-313-2665.
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