I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoyed A Good American, Alex George’s story of a family of German origin who make their way in Missouri, after Frederick and Jette Meisenheimer immigrate from Hanover in 1904.
The writing is spirited and compelling, but it was the plot that initially sucked me into this story. What would it be like if you caught a ship to another country—and spoke none of the language and had no idea of what you’d do once you arrived? That’s Frederick and Jette’s situation, and it is both joyous and occasionally heartbreaking to see what happens to them in the following decades.
Alex came by our office a few weeks ago, and we asked him some questions on video. Here, he tell us about his top five “good Americans” and shares some stories from his book tour:
Now—information about what you’ve all been waiting for! Alex signed two hardcovers of A Good American, and we will give those away to two lucky readers.
TO ENTER: Comment on this post with the name of an American you admire, and why.
CONTEST DETAILS: Two winners will be chosen by random.org from among entries received by 5 pm CST on Friday, March 30. The winners will each receive a signed copy of A Good American. Prize must be shipped to a North American address. Good luck!
ETA: Congratulations to our winners, Mildred and Erin! Mildred admires Barack Obama as “the first black American to become president,” and Erin admires John Muir, “because he did so much for preservation and had amazing insight and wrote such wonderful books on the beauty of America.”
Thank you to all who entered! Contest is now closed.