Joe DiNardo's first book was A Letter to My Wife, a 55-page dedication that follows his journey with late wife, Marcia, from cancer diagnosis through death.

A funny, sad, and hopeful look at the beauty of love found and lost, DiNardo uses anecdotes, practical wisdom, and a unique approach to storytelling to create shared experiences with his readers -- many of whom have gone or know someone who has gone through cancer.

This narrative serves to educate and enlighten, offering practical tools and tips to support both those enduring disease and their loved ones. His practices of meditation and mindfulness are explored throughout the story and serve as the foundation for suggestions on coping and healing.

Both from working class Italian families in western New York, DiNardo and Marcia met on a lunch date in 1993 and quickly fell in love. They married in 1999 and adopted their spunky daughter, Julianna, shortly after in 2000. After 15 years of marriage Marcia was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. She survived for nearly two years after her diagnosis, a testament to her powerful spirit and boundless energy. In the spring of 2015, Marcia passed, leaving behind DiNardo, daughter Julianna, and DiNardo’s adopted son, Joshua, from a previous marriage.  


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A sampling of kind words from those who have read A Letter To My Wife.

Your love letter book arrived today. Had thought I would read through it slowly, but I couldn’t put it down. Beautifully done — it was a great, heartwarming tribute.
— Joseph Goldstein
Heartbreaking, overwhelming yet beautiful…
As heartbreaking as it must have been for you to collect, regurgitating and writing all you guys experienced these two years, I cannot think of anything more honorable, more caring and loving than what you achieve with this beautiful book.
— Chrissie Mulvany
I wish I would have had the chance to be friends with Marcia. What a spectacular person you describe in your book. My takeaway is that we should take monumental and extreme efforts to fully appreciate those kinds of special people. That seems to be what you did with Marcia.
— Mike Papantonio
I really don’t have the words to explain how deeply it moved me. It also made me think- a lot about the relationships in my life. In many instances your words moved me to tears, but they also forced me to question how I can be better. I now keep the book on my desktop as a visual reminder to do my best to stay on track.
— Bob Powell
The book is amazing. Beautifully put together. A wonderful tribute to a truly wonderful person.
— Charles Koppelman
Thank you for sharing such poignant memories of your life as well as yours and Marcia’s life together. It is heart-wrenching, raw and beautiful all at the same time. Your grief is palpable and I hope writing this has given you some peace. Your words brought smiles to my heart and tears to my eyes.
— Tracie Knauer
I was very impressed with everything you articulated — a true and genuine love story — that we saw and witnessed daily. It was a sad book to relive those horrible days that Marcia would experience one challenge after another — and it would never, never leave her. You both were so strong and worked so hard and so together to fight this insidious illness. Your strength, humor, and love for each other other got you through it — you both did everything you could. God bless both of you.
— Richard Gioia
I received the book in the mail today and read the whole thing. It was amazing and it made me feel so close to both of you. You did such a beautiful job. I could feel your love just jumping out from each page. Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of you. You are both so special and I am truly blessed to have shared in a small part of your lives.
— Andrea Modica
The book was so great, you are so great! Thank you so much for taking the time to write it and share it with the world so openly, your love for my beautiful dear sweet friend. And all the detail experiences you both went through, it was so good to hear from your perspective. Marcia’s positive being is a much better way to live and I guess even to die. Your love story chapter and kitchen story made me so happy. It make me want to hear and know more. To me, her life was a fairy tale come true, you were her prince.
— Suzanne Wolff
Your tribute to Marcia is extraordinary and extraordinarily moving.
— Steve Barnes
Thank you very much for sharing this remarkable writing, memories biography — truly, it moved me very much. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put down.
— George Hatcher
What a loving tribute you wrote reflecting upon the beautiful person Marcia was, and the special relationship you had together. Many people search their entire lives without ever experiencing true and unconditional love. You and Marcia epitomized it in so many ways. The memoir touched us with so much emotion.
— Dominick and Michelle Bordonaro
I could not stop reading it. It was the most moving book and love story I have ever read. I believe the world is a better place because of you and Marcia. Marcia’s memory lives on because of your courageous book. There are lessons that I learned from your book that I will try to employ in my own life starting right now. Thank you for that.
— Ross Cellino
I can’t put this book down...and then I tear up and I have to put it down. And then I pick it up again.
— Sylvia Bonito