This books is excellent. It caught my attention with the first pages and except for 1-2 spots, it didn't lose me. I found myself laughing out loud, and also crying. I literally found it hard to put down. Alex George is a wonderful storyteller. I loved following the family history from Germany to Beatrice, Missouri and all the in between times. Especially since both sides of my family immigrated to the US from Germany also. In fact, Frederick was the name of my Grandfather. There is even a surprise ending, that I did see coming before it was mentioned. This didn't ruin the book for me though.