How to Love an American Man is a memoir by Kristine Gasbarre. It is her journey to find love – the love she knows she deserves. Along the way though she is surprised to find that she learns some lessons in love in a place where she didn’t expect it – from her Grandma.
Kristine is the same as many of us. She comes from a close knit family that she loves and that love her. She hasn’t been especially lucky at love though. When the news comes that her beloved grandfather is on his deathbed, she heads home to be with him and her family. After her grandfather passes she decides to give up her busy life for a while to stay home and spend some time with her grandma.
Kristine adored and loved her grandfather more than anything even going as far as moving to Italy to learn more about his family. Losing him leaves a huge gap in her heart and her life. She had never been especially close with her grandmother but after spending more time with her she begins to find that they are more alike than she thought. One of the biggest things Kristine realizes is that her grandmother is a woman just like she is. This surprises her at first because she’d always thought of her as a mother, grandmother, or wife but not simply as a woman who has likely experienced all the same things as she had.
This is a memoir about finding love and I enjoyed that part of the story with her trying to determine whether she and the man she was interested really had a future or not. More than that though I liked the part of her story where she spent time with her grandmother and heard all the stories about what made up this woman who had always been a part of her life but who she had never really known until now.
I enjoyed this book for the most part. My favorite parts were about her family and her relationships with them. The dating part didn’t quite appeal to me as much but I wonder if it isn’t from the age difference with Kristine being twenty-nine and me now forty-five. When I think back to my dating years my thoughts and the way I dealt with things were much the same as Kristine’s, while now I can’t be bothered with it all. Ultimately, while this is a book about finding love I really think it’s more about finding love for yourself first and knowing who you are before you can find that love you’re looking for.
I read How to Love an American Man by Kristine Gasbarre for her book tour with TLC Book Tours. Be sure to check out the other tour stops to see what they thought of the book. You can also find Kristine on her website, Facebook, and Twitter. You can purchase your own copy of How to Love an American Man here in the US and here in Canada.
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