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How to Love an American Man: A True Story Paperback – August 16, 2011
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“A beautifully written, heartfelt gem. Disguised as a romance, it is actually a story of familial bonds, personal growth and faith.” (Lisa Oz, New York Times bestselling author and radio host)
“Gasbarre writes with style, grace and plenty of humor, maintaining a perfect balance. Hers is a genuine quest. Up close and personal, here is a bright light on the road to Love” (Alphie McCourt)
The author’s treatment of the central conflict that drives the book-the quintessentially modern female quandary of finding lasting love while staying true to personal ambitions-comes across with an integrity and veracity women readers will undoubtedly appreciate…Chick-lit-alicious.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Kristine Gasbarre is a modern-day Jane Austen ... with sparkling wit, this spunky heroine faces modern women’s search for love..That’s where her grandmother comes in, gently schooling her in the art of courtship and, ultimately, identity. A page-turner that leaves you guessing until the very end.” (Jean Twenge, Ph.D., author of Generation Me and co-author of The Narcissism Epidemic)
“How to Love an American Man is fresh, funny, and original. Kristine Gasbarre has written a love story without borders. Dive in and enjoy!” (Adriana TrigianiAdriana TrigianiAdriana TrigianiAdriana TrigianiAdriana TrigianiAdriana TrigianiAdriana Trigiani)
From the Back Cover
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
Before I get into the bad about this book, I do want to say that Kristine's writing in the beginning was great. The first 30 pages were hard for me to read because they were so emotional. Kristine did a great job there. But after those first 30 pages...
It's supposed to be about the lessons Kristine learns from her grandmother, right? And about her own grandparents' love and their relationship and how it developed. So I was expecting details. Less of "Grandma explained to me why they loved each other." I would have really liked to read actual stories - the Grandma's dialogue was almost nonexistent in this book.
That was another one of my issues. There's very little dialogue. It's mostly Kristine explaining what happened or what was going on, and in the end it came off like I read a summary about a book instead of a book. She learns all of one lesson from her grandma, and it is repeated over and over again throughout the book to the point where it gets really annoying. And it's nothing new or groundbreaking (but I won't review that part since it could be considered a spoiler.)
I did not think Kristine's relationship with her grandma was super heartwarming. Sure, she drives her grandma around and takes her to lunch. But she appears to be annoyed about it the entire time. At some points she appears to treat her grandma like an inconvenience.
I also thought Kristine's relationships with Chris and with Tucker were total crap. Her fling with Tucker seemed gross and unreal to me from the beginning - I didn't understand the attraction there at all. And Chris was a real...jerk.Read more ›
Also, the connection she was trying to make of her grandmother grieving over her grandfather's death comparable to her break up was unfathomable and self absorbed. There was no real crescendo or movement in the book- it was like one long magazine article from Cosmo. The best way I can describe the book is a glorified "what I did last summer" essay mixed with a self help book, written by someone without expertise.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cute story, lots of good ideas and facts put into story form!Published 3 months ago by Michele Ulrych
This was a pleasant and easy read, really enjoyed it. I love learning from older generations and really related to this book as a single 30-something. ;)Published 9 months ago by Melissa E. Kelly
This book is so bad, I recycled it rather than donated it, because I didn't want it to end up in the hands of an impressionable young woman. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Aquarian Here
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 16 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 24 months ago by Georgie Girl
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 on September 3, 2013 by Amber
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