Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Good American - Book Review

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This month's BlogHer Book Club introduced A Good American by Alex George. This book covers a family of three generations from the journey of their great-grand parents, Frederick and Jette Meisenheimer, from Hanover, Germany to the land of the free. America. This book was quite fun to read especially to get wrapped up in all of the history. History of the times, the style of clothes, the music, the food and the drinking - lots and lots of drinking.

Jette falls in love with a man her mother disapproves of, Frederick, because he doesn't have money, a family, or future. As their love affair continued, Jette found herself pregnant. Afraid of incessant persecution from her mother she suggests they run away together. They leave on the next ship out of Germany and set sail on the Atlantic where they end up in New Orleans. 

They meet some rather odd people along the way. Some who genuinely try to help them, others not so much. Frederick is set on traveling north to Rocheport, Missouri, but find themselves settling in a Germany community when Jette goes into labor… Coincidence?

If you're looking for a novel with a little bit of history, wit and great storytelling of the times through the 20th century and the story of a man with true love for his new country then A Good American should be next on your list of books to pick up. 


This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed herein are my own.

1 comment:

  1. I think I might pick up this book....right up my alley! :) Thanks for the tip!

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