Marine Corps' first lady releases first edition recommended reading list
By Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions
| Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | November 19, 2012
Camp Pendleton’s Marine Corps Community Services held a First Lady of the Marine Corps Reading List kickoff and book review seminar here Oct. 29.
Bonnie Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps’ wife, recommended a reading list so wives can gain insight and knowledge about the lifestyle of military spouses.
The goal of the event was to have base residents get actively involved in reading the books and writing reviews for other potential readers.
During the seminar, attendees received a book tutorial, giving instructional guidelines to describe a book's meaning, quality and significances without divulging crucial information.
According to Jillian Ventrone, an education and career specialist with the base Joint Education Center, books like "Confessions of a Military Wife," "Separated by Duty, United in Love" and "1001 Things to Love about Military Life" made the recommended reading list and provide insight, commonly faced situations and advice to spouses and families who are adjusting to a military lifestyle.
"I think the first lady (of the Marine Corps) took a look at the Marine Corps as a family and tried to pick books that each one of us inside of this family can relate to, given our different backgrounds and experiences," said Ventrone.
During a related event, Amos spoke with 300 women about similar topics and expressed her concerns military wives and families might face in the future.
“Spouses and Marines will have to get used to a different sort of deployment cycle and a different deployment training, where our Marines aren’t being shot at or blown up,” said Amos. “There will be different stressors that it will bring. For our children, this is the only life they have known - this thing called war. I think that we need to be ready as the Marine Corps with as much mental and emotional, psychological help as we can provide for our families as we transition out of Afghanistan.”
Ventrone said the reading list was developed to address a variety of topics and has something for everyone, whether a spouse is interested in reading material that helps cope with the stressors of deployments and training, gives marital advice and techniques or simply helps keep a balanced household diet.
Like the commandant’s required reading list, the literature on Amos’ recommended reading list will be available at base libraries and exchange stores.