every woman should read this book

by jenna on November 8, 2011

You know those books that make you want to re-read them completely after flipping the last page? How to Love an American Man is one of those books. At first I was hesitant to read this, even though many of you (!) emailed me your recommendation for it. I think it was the title…I just wasn’t sure what to expect. However, I finally caved and read the entire thing is ONE sitting on my couch Sunday night.

Kristine writes straight from the heart and the story of her learning valuable life experience from her grandparents is one that moved me to tears many times while flipping the pages. The story was sweet and old fashioned, and I hated for it to end. I want to buy this book for my mom, my grandma and all my girlfriends. More than just learning “how to love an american man”, this book is about how to embrace your true femininity and love yourself from the inside out so that you can love another. Eeek! I just can’t say enough about it.

Go read! Go read!

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Amanda November 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I love how excited you get about books! You’ve convinced me – I’m adding this to my list. 🙂


Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) November 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I will also be adding it to my book list.


Savannah @ Sweet and Savvy November 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I’ve been looking for some new reading material. Thanks for the recommendation!:)


Emily November 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I’m convinced! I will be picking this up ASAP!


Vanessa @ Project Zen November 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I added it to my to-read list! Love how the author is from Pennsylvania too.


Erin November 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I went ahead and just ordered this from Amazon. Sounds like a great read!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I am looking for something like this to take with me on a trip…thanks for the recommendation!


amy walters, aDESIGNdock November 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Ooh, this sounds like something I must pick up 😉 thanks for the suggestion Jenna!


Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) November 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I’ve never heard of this book, but I’m intrigued… And seriously, how do you find the time to read so often?!


Rachel @ Mommygetsmoving November 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm

You do realize that every time you love a book I have to add it to my list of books to read. Thank goodness it gets dark at five now so I have plenty of time to do so:)


Julie November 8, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I feel the same way Rachel…so many people dread the time change, I mind parts of it, but LOVE that I have an excuse to be inside and read at 6 PM 🙂


Eppie November 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I love your blog, such great recipes! I’m so glad you posted this book review–It’s been on my wish list for months now, but I have been on the fence about if it would really be something I’d enjoy or not. You’ve just convinced me to add it to my Nook books. It sounds like great reading material for my upcoming maternity leave!


Megan November 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I could do with reading this! (I’m Scottish and in a long-distance relationship with, you guessed it, an American man). Is it a step-by-step guide? 😛

So many books just slip through the cracks in my life though, since I’m a languages student and have tons of reading in French and Spanish to do – it’s neverending, and whenever I sit down and read in English I feel like I might as well be reading in French or whatever. Sigh… Maybe if I buy it it’ll force me to get my money’s worth and actually read it! 😛

Your book review was so lovely, to-the-point and definitely encouraging. Must read! Must read! Must read!


Jackie November 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Just reserved it online at my library. You have become one of my main sources for book recommendations. I just finished Tina Fey’s Bossypants so I was in need of something new…thank you, as always!


Felicia (Natural and Balanced) November 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm

okay you convinced me… just bought it and is now on my kindle 🙂 love that thing!


Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I love your book recommendations!! Can’t wait to read this one!


Sasha November 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Title is interesting..and not just cause I am a Canadian!..but you sold me 🙂

Thanks for the recommendation!!


Jen November 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm

How many hours did it actually take you to read it?…like, do you just read all night – do you stop to eat?! Breathe!? Seriously….


Danielle November 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I will have you know that I went to get my first New York City library card today… just so I can pick up this book. Thanks for the recommendation 🙂


Dee November 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Yay! Thank you for this recommendation. This will be my reward for writing 2000 words every day this week. Sunday cannot come any faster!


Stella November 8, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Downloaded it after reading your blog. I had to force myself to stop reading because I had to make dinner. Thanks for the recommendation.


Kati @ The Ivey League November 8, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Will definitely read this! Thanks 🙂


Alexa @ SimpleEats November 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I love when a book becomes one that you want to read again and again. I’ll have to get this one!


Baking Serendipity November 8, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Adding this to my Christmas list now 🙂 Thank you!


Jane@TeaBeyond November 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm

thanks for sharing…very interesting tittle!!


Jennifer November 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Crap I have so many books in the queue on my kindle right now. And another one just added to it…shessh!


Ashley November 8, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I was looking for a new book and this one sounds perfect! Picking it up this week 🙂


jenna k November 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm

oh, i’m so glad you sharing this! my friend pinned it on pinterest the other day, and i was wondering what it was about. the title intrigued me, haha. i’m adding it to my “after graduation” book list!


Corrie Anne November 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Ooooh ! Thanks! Now I have two from you on my to-read list! CAN’T WAIT!


Marguerite Miller November 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

I’ll have to try this one! I feel the same way about “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo! I read it from the library and then went and bought 2 copies to pass around! They weren’t passing fast enough, so I just went and bought a third one! It is a must read, easily read in one sitting in 2-4 hours!


Lauren November 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Just got it downloaded onto my iPad! Can’t wait to start it tonight 🙂


claudia November 9, 2011 at 5:12 pm

i read probably 90% of your recommendations…so you need to see if there’s some way you can profit off me (& all these other people) reading your blog and going straight to my nookcolor to order what you’ve read 🙂


allison November 9, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I love all your book recommendations! Bought this this morning and just finished it! Its fantastic! Thanks!


Livi November 9, 2011 at 7:31 pm

This is perfect! exactly the kind of easy read i need, adding it to the xmas list!! thanks jenna!


Kimmy November 10, 2011 at 7:57 am

I read a book yesterday in one sitting it is called STILL MISSING. You should read it!


KLC November 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I want to read this – is it very disturbing?


Sara November 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Woot woot! Just downloaded to the kindle! Thanks Jenna!


GRANDMA November 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm

can’t remember the brownies….but …loved the prune whip!!!!!!


Lindsay November 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Just finished this today based on your recommendation and I absolutely loved it. I’ve read countless books you have recommended and have loved every single one of them. Thank you!


Abra Alani February 18, 2012 at 11:44 pm

So, you have me interested, if not entirely convinced to read this book. I’ve tentatively added it to my amazon book list, as well as the baker’s daughter, which I definitely want to read. Thanks!


Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I’m adding the book to my list and crossing my fingers for the nook! 🙂


Holly May 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Wow what an amazing email! My mom passed away 2 months ago and this would be such a nice gift to give to my aunt. I love this idea!

Thanks for the great blog 🙂


Becca July 7, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I am about half way through this book and LOVING it. You are absolutely right…this is a book I will pick up again to read. Thanks for the recommendation!


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