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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Dean’s Underwear: Living My American Dream by Don Gnecco encapsulates the author’s journey from that of living in poor conditions to that of an educator and songwriter. The author was born in the autumn of 1948 at the Keesler Air Force Base to chainsmoking parents. The impressionable years of his life were spent at Orchard Park, on the outskirts of Roswell, New Mexico. Growing up, the author experienced acrophobia (fear of heights) and basiphobia (fear of falling) after an accident in Indianapolis. Though they weren't poor, the author learned at an early age that there were kids who had better and nicer things in life. As the book progresses, readers get glimpses of his tryst with destiny and this shows them the author's grit and determination to live the American dream in spite of adversities.
Don Gnecco is very vocal and honest when it comes to sharing his life story with readers and it will inspire them to deal with the challenges thrown at them at every stage of life so that they can learn to celebrate life. It reflects the strength and resilience of the human spirit and will leave readers impressed by his will power to survive and transform his life in a positive way. Don Gnecco shares many pictures in The Dean’s Underwear which will help readers connect with him easily. The moments he shares with readers of his life are insightful, deep, filled with humor, and encouraging. The extraordinary opportunities, amazing events, and unexpected synchronicities, and love in all its shapes and forms make this memoir an engaging and heartwarming one to read.