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Funk calls her “a skydiver afraid of heights”—someone who figures out how to spend a cost-free summer in Europe, arranges it all, but when it’s time to leave, has an anxiety attack walking out the door.
In this first volume of her humorous, sharp-witted, and brutally honest memoir, Gloria pushes past her fears, spends the summer abroad with her family (living far outside her comfort zone) before setting up a campaign office, and eventually, without any experience, helps Funk cross the finish line—only to learn that being Kansas City’s First Lady will be much more difficult than she could’ve ever imagined (but those stories are saved for later books).
In sharing her story of courage and becoming her New and Better Self, Gloria hopes to inspire you to also step out in confidence, to make a difference where it counts, and to stand up for others … and yourself.
Despite spending years in Nashville, Kansas City, and Washington, DC, Gloria Squitiro is still a New York Italian girl at heart, who can’t—and won’t—stop voicing what most of us know but are unwilling to say.
“A bundle of ideas” — The Wall Street Journal
“Started reading and couldn't put it down until I finished it. Incredible writing that made me laugh, tear up and get mad for you. Best book I've read in a long time!”
- Darla Jaye, Former Radio Talk Show Host at KMBZ
“Bracingly honest, vivid and well written. Laughed out loud. Cried. Enjoyed every word and sentiment of the wild and wonderful ride!”
- Steven Bosacker, Director, Urban & Regional Policy, German Marshall Fund of the U.S.
“It’s a funny (as in laugh out loud), genuine, hold-nothing-back read. Gloria Squitiro is the real deal.”
- Patti Dickinson, Author of Four Ordinary Women
“Gloria’s bracing tale covers new adventures, the perils of ambitious expectations when pit against reality, the time-honored practice of emotional self-torture, and coming of age into, if not peace, then change. Humorous and frenetic at its slowest points, I empathized greatly with Gloria's story as I think many MANY other super-women/moms/wives can, and throughout I found myself rooting for her to find peace somewhere. Looking forward to Book 2!”
- Kristen Wright, Sr. Project Manager and Freelance Copy Editor
“What an excellent read! Gloria through her humor, wit and honesty will take you through her journey. All along the way encouraging you to challenge yourself...to take your own path, take on your own fears and the joy when you conquer it. Whatever it is. I am so excited for her next book!”
- Sherri Bredemeier, Wife and Mother of Two Incredible Humans
“Very loving, intensely neurotic and slightly opinionated. You'll laugh out loud and cry even louder. By the end of the book, you'll feel as though you've traveled right along with the family. It was a joy to read!”
- Shane Minsey, Classroom Support Specialist and Freelance Screenwriter
“I can’t wait for your second book! I loved your first! I could see so much of me in the first one...the fears, the desire to conquer them, love of family, the need to step outside my comfort zone. Your book took me one step closer to finding the courage to better myself and take on some of these challenges! You are quite the writer!”
- Carol Mellen King, Retired Special Education Paraprofessional and Substitute Teacher
“Any way you slice it, Gloria Squitiro could be simply labeled as a real piece of work!!! She walks to the beat of her own drummer, and if you don’t like it, so be it. But that’s also what makes her so darn interesting. Brutally honest and pretty much unfiltered. She’s the kind of person who you want as a friend because she will absolutely tell you the unvarnished truth. On the other hand, her honesty will make you blush at times. If she likes you she will go to the mat for you. If she doesn’t like you….well let’s just say you will know it. Although the ink for Book #1 is barely dry, I’m already excited about Book #2.”
- John Landsberg, President, Bottom Line Communications