Meet the Author: Rick Bailey

 Rick Bailey, author of American English, Italian Chocolateis back again to share some excerpts from his new book The Enjoy Agenda.

Join us August 9th at 6pm for a reading and signing event!


About the Book

Part memoir, part travelogue, The Enjoy Agenda takes readers from Rick Bailey’s one-stoplight town in Michigan farm country to Stratford, England, to the French Concession in Shanghai, the Adriatic coast of Italy, and to a small village in the Republic of San Marino. With his self-deprecating style, Bailey recalls the traumas of picture day in elementary school and lugging a guitar to the Cotswalds and back. He reflects on food safety in China, relives a dental emergency in Venice, and embarks on a quest for il formaggio del perdono (the cheese of forgiveness) in the hills above the Adriatic.

Bailey, whose voice is a combination of Dave Barry and Rick Steves with just a soupçon of Montaigne, writes with humor and wit about how these experiences reflect the issues and conflicts of contemporary American life: environmental change, life in digital times, and the vicissitudes of arriving at ripe old age. Throughout The Enjoy Agenda Bailey asks, “Where am I and how did I get here?” a question less about geography than the difficulties and gifts of becoming a husband and ultimately a partner changed and improved by a very smart woman and challenged and delighted by a gradual but seismic culture shift.

Event date: 
Friday, August 9, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
118 E Front St
Traverse City, MI 49684
The Enjoy Agenda: At Home and Abroad By Rick Bailey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496214690
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Nebraska Press - April 1st, 2019

American English, Italian Chocolate: Small Subjects of Great Importance By Rick Bailey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496201195
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: University of Nebraska Press - July 1st, 2017