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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Savas Beatie (October 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932714766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932714760
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (390 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mollie Gross is a former Marine Spouse, author, standup comedienne, and public speaker. She uses comedy and quick wit to encourage and inspire other military wives through the challenges of the military lifestyle. She lives with her husband Jon in Los Angeles.

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I laughed so hard while reading this book!
Sarah
There is so much you can relate too... please read it will help you stay sane when the military makes life stressful!
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I read this book on recommendation from a friend.
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116 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Grif on June 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am absolutely baffled by all the wonderful reviews for this book. I was excited to read it after hearing so much praise and was very, very disappointed. It really wasn't funny to me at all. I guess if you find humor in making fun of people in a mean spirited way (ugly baby, toothless commissary bagger), fart jokes and constant talk about IBS, this book will is a hoot. I have a spouse in the military and I hope that people don't think we are all that way. The author constantly contradicts herself. She prides herself on giving 'toys' to the other wifes but freaks out in the Hustler store. She talks about how awful "rankism" is yet she makes sure you know she is an officer's wife and constantly talks about the rank of her neighbors. Heaven forbid a guy hits on her. She will put him in his place because she is an "officer's wife". I get it. Basically, I found the book to be self centered and immature. I also don't think that a lot of her advice was very useful. Honestly, this is 2011, not the 1940's. Some military spouses stay at home but a lot of us work. We don't need to hear about how we need hobbies to keep us busy. Work, kids and being single parents while spouses are deployed (sometimes for a year or longer) is quite enough. I wish there were more books talking about how spouses can deal with the dilemma of balancing frequent PCSs and maintaining our professional careers...how to be independent while being the dependent spouse. Maybe I just haven't "accepted being a military housewife" as she encourages others to do. I find that there is a lot of humor in the miltary lifestyle. I just don't think she did a good job of writing about it.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Marla :) on November 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I found Mollie Gross though milspouse mag, and loved her articles, then when her book came out I opted to review it for the radio show I cohost. I can say that I finally found a wife who doesn't talk about living on the p's and q's but really lays it all out. I feel like I am hearing the words of my best friend in our most bizarre moments. Mollie strikes a nerve with every branch, with ever rate and rank. Confessions is the book every wife needs when life seems chaotic for that great pick me up! Mollie doesn't mess around, there is no worry about what is expected, and you are free to accept what is! An awesome book for any mil spouse looking for some fun reading!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By GOPgirl on August 24, 2012
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I found the book to be silly and written at the level of a middle school student. I felt like I was reading "embarrassing moments" out of a Seventeen magazine most of the time; not the life experience of an officer's wife. Wish I could get my money back.

I have never written a review before, but had to, because this book was possibly the worst book I have ever read.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By nighthawk on March 18, 2012
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I really was hoping to like this book but I couldn't finish it. The author doesn't like to be bad mouthed about being a military wife but has no problem insulting a midget, overweight people, old people and women whom she deems beneath her. The authors sense of humor is that of a 16 year old who hasn't gotten over her own gas. I loathe this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Leigh on October 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Every woman that enters into a relationship with a man in the military needs to read this book. It should be issued to every military wife. It is absolutely hilarous, but also gives good solid advice. It puts a positive spin on a sometimes difficult lifestyle.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 23, 2011
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This is a terrific book. It should be given to all new military spouses when they receive their first ID card. Definitely a MUST read!!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jendesign on February 10, 2013
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I am a military spouse new to the military and wanted to read a book that would give me insight into military life. This is not that book. This book honestly seemed written by a fifteen year old. It approached the topic in such an immature way that I could not relate at all. It also is very contradictory as others have stated. The author speaks about rankism as something bad, but mentions her husband's rank at every opportunity. It is also very pollyannaish. Having parties constantly does not actually fix any of the challenges or problems that the author or other military spouses faced. I wish she would have been more real and actually shared the good and bad and not tried to pretend it'a all solved by having fun parties each week. I also felt like it was written in 1950. Just the reasoning and discussions are so stereotypical "little wife at home". Military spouses are so much more than that and aspire to be so much more. The attitude shown in the book sets us back fifty+ years. Some may say it was written to be comedic, which is fine if it were funny...it's just not.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Katherine J. Veach on October 15, 2010
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I read this book after listening to Mollie's comedy special and right before my live-in Marine boyfriend's first deployment. On the positive side, it made me feel a whole lot better about deployment--I realized that the touchy-feely method of dealing with it didn't work for me, but I could relate to someone who had crazy things go wrong in her house, or who wore her pajamas all day. It was nice to see someone point out this true message: Some days are better than others. I also feel like there's a dearth of helpful literature out there for those of us who don't have kids during deployments--not to slight and left-behind moms and dads at all, but there's a unique set of issues that goes along with the only other person with whom you share your house and your home life being all of a sudden gone for a while! This book spoke to those issues, and it made me feel good. On the minus side, the book is edited pretty poorly--I'm an English/grammar nerd, I admit, but there were quite a few typos and misspellings. Also, the writing isn't the absolute best--you can tell Mollie isn't a writer as her first calling. Nevertheless, I didn't pick up this book because I wanted to read a literary classic or a soaring, David Foster Wallace-esque experiment with literary genre--I wanted to see what someone like me was going through when her love was gone for a while. To that end, "Confessions of a Military Wife" hit it out of the park.
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