Since 2007, renowned journalist Terri Barnes has been a touchstone for readers of Stars and Stripes through her popular weekly column, Spouse Calls. In Spouse Calls: Messages From a Military Life, Terri continues to bridge generations with a “best of” collection sure to touch the hearts and homes of every reader.
From her own kitchen table to Capitol Hill, Terri takes readers beyond the headlines and homecoming videos for an inside look at the day-to-day hardships, victories, and many ways military life shapes, challenges, and enriches its families.
In both her column and her book, Terri reports and reflects on a wide range of topics, including motherhood, faith, friendship, family ties, war, current events, sacrifice, PTSD,and more. As a wife and mom, Terri highlights important, pivotal moments in her own family’s life as well as others’, in essays that will resonate with both military and nonmilitary families.
Through poignant personal stories, incisive interviews, and emotive reflections, Terri’s military life columns create an historical snapshot of American and world affairs, preserving an important piece of our nation’s culture.
About her book, Terri says, “My hometown isn’t a geographical location, but a place in American culture that is invisible to many people. My family lives in the hometown of military installations and military communities. This book is the story of the people we know and the life we live in the neighborhood of our American military life.”