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First Lady of the Marine Corps’ Recommended Reading List

Sarah Malina, a military spouse, and her daughter Charlotte, 7 months, wait as Bonnie Amos, wife of the Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, signs their book during the book signing for the “First Lady of the Marine Corps’ Recommend Reading List.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tabitha Bartley)

For Spouses:

  • Separated by Duty, United in Love by Shellie Vandevoorde
  • 1001 Things to Love about Military Life by Tara Crooks, Starlett Henderson, Kathie Hightower and Holly Scherer
  • Help! I’m a Military Spouse–I Get a Life Too! by Kathie Hightower and Holly Scherer
  • Confessions of a Military Wife by Mollie Gross
  • The Military Spouse’s Employment Guide: 
  • Smart Job Choices for Mobile Lifestyles by Janet I. Farley
  • The Road Home Again: Smoothing the Transition Back from Deployment by Elaine Gray Dumler
  • Transformation: The Mindset You Need. The Body You Want. The Life You Deserve by Bill Phillips
  • Faith Deployed…Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives by Jocelyn Green
  • Courage After Fire: 
  • Coping Strategies for Troops Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families by Keith Armstrong, Dr. Suzanne Best, Dr. Paula Domenici and Bob Dole
  • Wounded Warrior, Wounded Home: Hope and Healing for Families Living with PTSD and TBI by Marshele Carter Waddell and Kelly K. Orr
  • The 17 Day Diet by Mike Moreno
  • Service Etiquette, 5th Edition by Cherlynn Conetsco and Anna Hart
  • A Families Guide to the Military for Dummies by Sheryl Garrett and Sue Hoppin
  • The Day After He Left for Iraq: A Story of Love, Family, and Reunion by Melissa Seligman
  • Eating for Life by Bill Phillips
  • The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson
  • Heroes at Home: Help and Hope for America’s Military Families by Ellie Kay


For Children:

  • Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops by Jill Biden
  • A Salute to Our Heroes: The U.S. Marines (A Marine Corps children’s book) by Brandon W. Barnett
  • Our Daddy Is Invincible! by Shannon Maxwell
  • Big Boss Brain: Learning About Traumatic Brain Injuries by Shannon Maxwell
  • Uncle Sam’s Kids: Moving Again Mom by Angela Sportelli-Rehak

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  • Beth Ann Loughran

    My son is a Marine. Check out my book for kids aged 4 to 11ish. JACK by Beth Ann Loughran. This is a fact mixed with fiction book about my Croatian grandmother’s immigration to Ellis Island. JACK is very patriotic. Available on and Barnes and

  • Yaelle Glenn

    Sigh…but if I’m seen reading one of these, its only a matter of time before someone (and it could be man or woman) will come up & ask me about my husband or father or brother. Cuz you know….I couldnt possibly be the veteran.
    Sorry if that sounds pessimistic but it happened to me again this week AT the VA. argh!