BOOK CLUB EVENING: Alex George discusses A Good American

EVENT:  A BOOK CLUB EVENING featuring Alex George,  who appears for his new novel A Good American. 

Vivien L. Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books highly recommends Alex George: "In the heart of Missouri at the start of the 20th century, a young man and his pregnant bride find an adopted home far from their beloved Germany.  A Good American is the saga of three generations of the Meisenheimer family, told by both grandfather and grandson.  This is a true immigrant song, a two-part harmony paying their respects to John Irving and Mark Twain.  Taking place though the joys and sorrows of an American century, the hardest part is turning the final page."

AUTHOR:  Alex George is an Englishman who lives, works, and writes in Columbia, Missouri.  He studied law at Oxford University and worked for eight years as a corporate lawyer in London and Paris before moving to the United States in 2003.

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $25.95 plus Sales Tax includes One Author Autographed Hardcover of A Good American, one Stamped Admission Ticket, and one Guest Ticket (if needed).  If you'd like to pick-up your Order at the door of this Event, choose In-Store Pick-Up as your shipping option and add in the Notes field that you'd like At-Event Pick-Up.  Your Order will be held under your name at Will Call.  The cut-off time for online ordering is 2:00 PM on the day of the Author Event.

EVENT FORMAT:  This Book Club Evening will begin with a presentation by Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books.  Vivien will present a series of her Reading Recommendations for Book Clubs.  This introductory segment starts at 6:30 PM.  Alex George will then discuss his new Book and Answer audience Questions.  A Booksigning follows the discussion.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.

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Event date: 
Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary
707 W 47th Street
64112 Kansas City

ADMITS TWO: Includes One Author Autographed Hardcover of A Good American, one Stamped Admission Ticket, and one Guest Admission Ticket.


ADMITS ONE: Includes One Author Autographed Hardcover of A Good American, and One Stamped Admission Ticket.

SKU: A9780399157592

One Author Autographed Hardcover of A Good American only.  An uplifting novel about the families we create and the places we call home.  It is 1904.  When Frederick and Jette must flee her disapproving mother, where better to go than America, the land of the new?  Originally set to board a boat to New York, at the last minute, they take one destined for New Orleans instead ("What's the difference? They're both new"), and later find themselves, more by chance than by design, in the small town of Beatrice, Missouri.  Not speaking a word of English, they embark on their new life together.  Beatrice is populated with unforgettable characters: a jazz trumpeter from the Big Easy who cooks a mean gumbo, a teenage boy trapped in the body of a giant, a pretty schoolteacher who helps the young men in town learn about a lot more than just music, a minister who believes he has witnessed the Second Coming of Christ, and a malevolent, bicycle-riding dwarf.  A Good American is narrated by Frederick and Jette's grandson, James, who, in telling his ancestors' story, comes to realize he doesn't know his own story at all.  From bare-knuckle prizefighting and Prohibition to sweet barbershop harmonies, the Kennedy assassination, and beyond, James's family is caught up in the sweep of history.  Each new generation discovers afresh what it means to be an American.  And, in the process, Frederick and Jette's progeny sometimes discover more about themselves than they had bargained for.  Poignant, funny, and heartbreaking, A Good American is a novel about being an outsider-in your country, in your hometown, and sometimes even in your own family.  It is a universal story about our search for home.

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