Marian Leah Knapp is a writer and community activist. Her previously published books include Aging in Places: Reflective Preparation for the Future, A Steadfast Spirit: The Essence of Caregiving, and, with Vivien Goldman, The Outermost Cape: Encountering Time. For more than ten years, she has written a regular column for the Newton TAB. When Marian was sixty-four years old, she went back to school to obtain a PhD. She passed her dissertation defense right before her seventieth birthday. Marian lives in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Currently, she has a new book Prohibition Wine: A True Story of One Woman’s Daring in Twentieth-Century America, which is set to be released by the end of may.
Prohibition Wine: A True Story of One Woman’s Daring in Twentieth-Century America (She Writes Press) is about Marian Leah Knapp’s paternal grandmother, Rebecca Wernick Goldberg, an immigrant from the Russian Empire at the end of the nineteenth century. When Rebecca became a widow with six children, she began selling illegal alcohol during Prohibition to help put food on the table. In 1925, she was caught and called before a judge. All charges were dropped after a customer, a prominent local official, defended her character. She made headline news.