Next: April 9 - 7:15pm
Gathering of the Sunday Evening Book Group. Always Offsite. Host varies on the month. Contact Marti or Michele for additional information.
March 12th - Cardiac Arrest by Howard Root
Meeting at about 7:15 p.m. at Sig & Marti Rs. The author may be able to attend.
About the book
Howard Root started Vascular Solutions with little more than a dream and an idea for a single medical device. Fifteen years later, his Minnesota company had created over 500 American jobs and developed more than 50 new medical devices that saved and improved lives. But in 2011, the federal government threatened to destroy his company and put Howard behind bars for years. Apparently, federal prosecutors had been sold a tall tale peddled by a money-hungry ex-employee out for revenge. All over one device that never harmed a single patient and made up less than 1% of the company's sales. The investigation revealed the charges to be baseless, but the prosecutors didn't back off. Instead they threatened witnesses, mislead grand juries, and strategically leaked secret documents while trying to extract a headline grabbing settlement.
Howard Root stood up to the shakedown. Five years, 121 attorneys and $25 million in legal fees later, his life's work and freedom rested in the hands of 12 strangers in a San Antonio jury room. Cardiac Arrest is the eye-opening story of this misguided prosecution, told from the desk of a CEO who decided to fight back. From the boardroom to the courtroom, he tells the inside story of the case that sparked outrage in the pages of The Wall Street Journal and triggered a congressional investigation.
April 9th - Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Meeting at about 7:15 p.m. at Norma A's.
About the book
Perhaps the best-known and most popular of Edith Wharton's novels, Ethan Frome is widely considered her masterpiece. Set against a bleak New England background, the novel tells of Frome, his ailing wife Zeena and her companion Mattie Silver, superbly delineating the characters of each as they are drawn relentlessly into a deep-rooted domestic struggle.
Burdened by poverty and spiritually dulled by a loveless marriage to an older woman. Frome is emotionally stirred by the arrival of a youthful cousin who is employed as household help. Mattie's presence not only brightens a gloomy house but stirs long-dormant feelings in Ethan. Their growing love for one another, discovered by an embittered wife, presages an ending to this grim tale that is both shocking and savagely ironic!