Dinner with the Smileys by Sarah Smiley
One Military Family, One Year of Heroes, and Lessons for a Lifetime

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The uplifting true story of a wife and mother's yearlong experience inviting one new guest (from senators to school teachers, artists to professional athletes) to dinner for each week that her husband was deployed overseas. 
But DINNER WITH THE SMILEYS isn't really about dinner. And it's not about the military. It's about 250 strangers who came together to help raise three boys (one of the cusp of adolescence) in the absence of their father. It's a love story about marriage, motherhood, and the power of community. 
Inside this personal story are the universal issues of loss, grief, loneliness, regrets, sacrifice, and, ultimately, unexpected joy and finding one's own strength.
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Navy wife and blogger Sarah Smiley is the author of a syndicated newspaper column that reaches more than 2 million readers weekly, the memoir Going Overboard: The Misadventures of a Military Wife (Penguin/New American Library, 2005) and a collection of essays titled I'm Just Saying... (Ballinger, 2008). Described as an "Erma Bombeck for the military-wife set" by the New York Times, Sarah is known as a trailblazer for military-spouse books, columns and other publications. Sarah has been a Navy dependent for more than 36 years, first as the daughter of Rear Admiral Lindell Rutherford (USN, Ret.), and now as the wife of Lt. Cmdr. Dustin Smiley, a Navy pilot. She has a B.S. in Education from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and an M.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Maine, where she is a writing instructor.
Published May 7, 2013 by Hachette Books. 372 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, War, Parenting & Relationships, History. Non-fiction

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Sarah Smiley grew up the daughter of an admiral.

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Sarah Smiley is all heart in Dinner with the Smileys: One Military Family, One Year of Heroes, and Lessons for a Lifetime.

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