Dinner With the Smileys

Dinner With the Smileys

One Military Family, One Year of Heroes, and Lessons for A Lifetime

Book - 2013
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Documents Sarah Smiley's efforts to fill her husband's place at the dinner table with interesting people who could be role models for their three sons while their father, pilot Dustin Smiley, was on a yearlong deployment with the Navy.
Publisher: New York, New York : Hyperion, [2013]
Edition: FIRST edition
ISBN: 9781401324872
Branch Call Number: BIOGRAPHY 359 SMILEY 2013
Characteristics: viii, 359 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Jan 19, 2017

My husband and I read a chapter at a time in the evenings one winter. Having raised three sons ourselves, Sarah's touching story brought back memories. We laughed and cried with her and it is one of my "Top 10" non-fiction books. Raises awareness for military families as well as for using creativity to face hard situations. What Sarah did most people can do with the right attitude - a priceless gift to your children if you do.

Mar 21, 2014

What an inspiring idea to invite others to your home for dinner during the time your husband is away serving our country. What about inviting service people to dinner from the base as a gift in return. It is something I could try even though the base is an hour away?

Jun 08, 2013

The idea of being a single parent to a family of three young boys for over a year is something that would cause most parents dread. But this story of a navy pilot's wife coping with the empty chair at the dinner table by hosting different people around her and then writing about it is extremely well written. Humourous, inspiring and honest in failures and victories.


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