An endearing and unforgettable memoir of love, self-discovery, and enduring, old-fashioned values
Kristine Gasbarre made a New York career of dating driven, inaccessible men. When she realizes her love life will never result in happiness if she continues on the same path, she makes a big decision—relocating to Italy to discover her roots and find out what defines her adoring grandpa. But upon receiving the news of his sudden passing, she is lured away.
With nowhere left to go, Krissy returns to her small hometown for the first time in a decade to help care for her grandmother—a refined, private matriarch suf?fering from early dementia along with the loss of her husband. In her reluctant agreement to share the nearly lost love stories and transformative lessons from her rich sixty-year marriage, Krissy’s grandma becomes the one of?fering comfort as she coaches her granddaughter through the fear of loving. Grandma’s unapologetic femininity and secret giving spirit opens Krissy’s eyes about relationships, teaching her the single most important requisite for loving a man: first a woman has to learn the power of her own inner beauty.
This book is probably a more realistic picture of how real, honest relationships work than what are the common norms of approaching relationships today.Published 3 months ago by MJM
Decided to give this one a try because I went to school with several Gasbarres when I lived in the author's hometown. What a disappointment. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Georgie Girl
Absolutely my favorite book. Based on a true story. I have also met the author and she is wonderful, such a sweetheart! I recommend this book to everyone regardless of age. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kevryn Boser
I wasn't sure what to expect when I got this book, but I really enjoyed it. I loved the relationship she had with her grandmother. It reminded me of my own. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amber
As a writer I am always looking for good books to read and learn from. How to Love an American Man is a beautiful story about self discovery and unconditional love. Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by Piti
I enjoyed the emphasis on the relationship between the grandparents and the author and her grandmother. Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by annefrosty2
I had high hopes for this book but all in all, it fell flat. I kept thinking the story would pick up, but it never did.Published on September 12, 2012 by Jill C.
I bought this book after reading about it in the weekly flyer in the newspaper and seeing the author interviewed on tv. The book read like a novel, but was very thought provoking. Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by cjh
I absolutely loved this book's honesty, attention to detail, and perspective. A real page-turner that's absolutely made by the author's unique POV and insights.Published on May 21, 2012 by Morgan M