WCC Book Club

Our Tuesday, June 5th selection is Once We Were Brothers, Ronald H. Balson’s legal thriller which deals with two boys raised as brothers who find themselves caught up on opposite sides of the Holocaust in war torn Poland. Sixty years pass, and a wealthy Chicago businessman and philanthropist is accused of being a Nazi war criminal by an elderly Holocaust survivor. The city is shocked for this man, Elliot Rosenzweig, has been an esteemed member of society and has evidence he was a Holocaust victim himself. However, the accuser, Ben Solomon, is sure he is right and hires an attorney to prove that Rosenzweig is really a Nazi and SS executioner and also the man who betrayed Soloman’s family and stole their wealth. In twists and turns, the plot revolves around the lawyer, the accuser and the accused whose guilt or innocence must be proved. This is a moving tale of power, suffering, love and redemption. Join us on the 5th at 4:00 pm in the Ladies’ Locker Room as Nancy Goodridge leads the discussion of this powerful story that lawyers have praised for its authentic and compelling legal scenes.

Our July selection is Graham Moore’s historic novel, The Last Days of Night, which takes us back to the late 19th century when gas lamps were lighting our streets and the so-called electricity wars were being fought between rival inventors, Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, to control the electrification of America. Add Nikola Tesla, an eccentric brilliant inventor, Agnes Huntington, a beautiful opera singer, Paul Cravath, Westinghouse’s young, untested lawyer, and J.P. Morgan who is supporting Edison, and you have a fantastic read.