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CMC spouse publishes reading list

By Pamela Jackson | | November 1, 2012


In a recent interview with The Marine Shop, Bonnie Amos, wife of Gen. James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, said she had an “aha” moment while discussing books for family members with her husband.

“He suggested I come up with a recommended reading list for spouses and make it available at base libraries and exchanges throughout the Marine Corps,” she was quoted as saying. “With input from research and other military spouses, a list of fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children was compiled with topics pertinent to military life.”

George Mettrick, retail director, Marine Corps Exchange, Marine Corps Community Services, MCLB Albany, said the base exchange offers the First Lady of the Marine Corps’ recommended reading list.

The list is intended to provide a resource center for military spouses and children on topics like military lifestyles, health and fitness, and coping with the challenges faced by military families.

“The exchange here plans to maintain this reading list at all times as well as additions as they happen,” Mettrick added. “You can find her recommended books adjacent to the Commandant’s Professional Reading List in the book department.

The recommended reading list is as follows:

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

* “Faith Deployed ... Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives,” by Jocelyn Green

* “Transformation: The Mindset You Need. The

Body You Want. The Life You Deserve,” by Bill Phillips

* “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

* “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

* “Wounded Warrior, Wounded Home: Hope and Healing for Families Living with PTSD and TBI,” by Mar-shele Carter Waddell and Kelly K. Orr

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

Rebecca Regan has been a Marine spouse for 15 years and said she thinks the new recommended reading list is a great idea for fellow spouses and their children.

“It’s been difficult because I have had to try and find my own leads regarding who I needed to talk to or finding materials to help me cope with being a military spouse,” she   said.  “It’s a good idea to have a one-stop or another resource to assist us.”

According to All Marine Message 030/07, the Marine Corps Professional Reading Program began as the Commandant’s Reading List in 1988, although recommended reading lists have been generated for Marines since the 19th century.