TC Reads 2013


Good American by Alex George

Good American by Alex George

Traverse City READS, a “One Book, One Community” literacy initiative is pleased to announce that A Good American by Alex George is the 2013 selection for Northern Michigan’s twelfth annual community book.

TC READS has designated May through October as reading months and TC Reads events will culminate with an appearance by the author, Alex George, at the City Opera House on October 15, 2013. 

 Please join with TC READS as we celebrate the joy of reading and appreciate the common threads that unite us as a community by encouraging your friends to read and discuss this book, an uplifting novel about the families we create and the unique place that we call home.

A Good American tells the story of an unorthodox couple, Frederick and Jette Meisenheimer, who leave Germany to begin a new life somewhere in America.  Aiming for New York, a series of events finds them creating a home in the small village of Beatrice, Missouri.  There, the Meisenheimers open a diner and begin to ingratiate themselves with the local cast of colorful characters, each of whom resonates with the spirit of the Meisenheimer’s adopted country.  Narrated by Frederick and Jette’s grandson, James, A Good American presents our country’s last century as seen through the eyes and hearts of those who strive for a solid future for their family, their community, and their country.

Alex George has written a novel centered on three aspects of life that so many Northern Michigan residents cherish – good food, great music, and nurturing communities.  The threads of optimism and compassion that can be found in Traverse City are echoed in this story – the story of our neighbors and ultimately, ourselves.

Alex George is an Englishman by birth, studied law at Oxford University and currently practices law in Columbia, Missouri.  A Good American is his fifth novel and was named “Top Summer Read” by National Public Radio, “Best Book of the Month” by Amazon, and “Best Book of the Year” by the Library Journal.

Funding for Traverse City READS is made possible by generous sponsors.  The Friends of Traverse Area District Library are a major sponsor of Traverse City READS.

For details on how to become a sponsor, please contact Ruth Bay at 231-947-1619.