A Good American by Alex George is the October Book Club selection at Hawkins Library. This is the story of the Meisenheimer family, told by James, a third-generation American living in Missouri. It’s where his German grandparents, Frederick and Jette, found themselves after journeying across the turbulent Atlantic and fording the flood-swollen Mississippi.
A Good American tells of Jette’s dogged determination to feed a town sauerkraut and soul food, and the loves and losses of her children. 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.
Register at the library, check out a book, finish the book by the meeting date, and join this group on Monday, October 26, at 1 PM for the discussion. Stop at the library to sign up, or call 319-342-3025.