Rotary Book Discussion Group

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18
Sep
2017
Kansas City
Rainy Day Books
2706 W 53rd Street
Fairway, MO
United States

ROTARY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “A Good American” by Alex George.  The meeting will be in September with the exact date to be announced within the next two weeks. The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.

 “A Good American” is the story of the Meisenheimer family, told by James, a third-generation American living in Beatrice, Missouri.  It’s where his German grandparents—Frederick and Jette—found themselves after journeying across the turbulent Atlantic, fording the flood-swollen Mississippi, and being brought to a sudden halt by the broken water of the pregnant Jette. 

“A Good American” tells of Jette’s dogged determination to feed a town sauerkraut and soul food; the loves and losses of her children, Joseph and Rosa; and the precocious voices of James and his brothers, sometimes raised in discord…sometimes in perfect harmony.

But, above all, “A Good American” is about the music in Frederick’s heart, a song that began as an aria, was jazzed by ragtime, and became an anthem of love for his adopted country that the family still hears to this day.



 
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