Friday Morning Bookclub

January 21, 2013

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives Once We Were Brothers 3.9 Omelets

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Amazon readers gave Once We Were Brothers 4.6 stars

Goodreads readers gave Once We Were Brothers 4.4 stars

Once We Were Bothers was an excellent book club selection. Most agreed that while perhaps not an eloquently written book, it was a fascinating story and a real page turn. As one of our readers described it….Once We Were Brothers is suspenseful, emotional and informative. Well worth the read!


January 16, 2013

Once We Were Brothers: A Review By Barbara


In the book “Once We Were Brothers”, Ben Solomon, a retired Polish immigrant, accuses Elliot Rosenzweig, a wealthy Chicago philanthropist, of being a former SS office, Otto Piatek.  Ben and Otto were raised in the same house, but ended up on different sides of the Nazi occupation.  Ben pursues his accusations with the help of a young attorney, Catherine Lockhart.

Discussion of the book was lively.  Some loved the book while others liked it, but thought it was not exceptionally well written.  Aspects of the book were thought to be unbelievable, particularly Catherine quitting her job to devote her time to Ben’s cause.  Although the book interwove the story of Ben’s pursuit of Otto, with Catherine’s developing relationship with the investigator, Liam, there was not much discussion of the latter aspect of the book.

One interesting part of the discussion focused on Otto’s character as he became more ingrained in the SS. Although Otto may have initially moved more toward the Nazis because he was encouraged to do so by Ben’s father in order to be in a better position to help Ben’s family, some felt that there was no excuse for his involvement with the Nazis at any level.   There was also discussion of whether his philanthropy as Elliot Rosenzweig was partly out of guilt, or whether it was totally out of ego and wanting recognition.  Some questioned why he would become such a public figure without fear of being recognized.

Overall, there was agreement that the book  raised a lot of food for thought, and was certainly well worth reading.

January 14, 2013

Rate The Book: Once We Were Brothers By Ronald Balson….Time To Vote!

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January 9, 2013

This Month’s Book: Once We Were Brothers……………In Three Words

brothersThis Month’s Book Once Were Brothers is a…..Historical Legal Thriller

Here is what some of our readers have to say:

Suspenseful, emotional, informative

Betrayal, loyalty, justice

Deep, sad, excellent

Happiness, Horror , Hope

Family secrets, destructive

How would you describe Once We Were Brothers…….In three words?

December 20, 2012

This Month’s Book: Once We Were Brothers By Ronald Balson

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brothersBen Solomon was convinced that Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader was actually Otto Piatek, a former Nazi SS officer.  According to Solomon when Otto was abandoned as a child he came to live with the Soloman family. They were like brother and then he betrayed their family in the worst way.  Soloman was determined to bring Elliot Rosensweig AKA Otto Piatek to justice and hired Catherine Lockhart to take his case.

Once We Were Brothers is the compelling tale of two boys and a family that struggles to survive in war-torn Poland. It is also the story of a young lawyer who must face not only a powerful adversary, but her own self-doubts. Two lives, two worlds and sixty years all on course to collide in a fast-paced legal thriller.

Please join us in reading Once We Were Brothers!

Once We Were Brothers – a novel by Ronald H. Balson

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