Alison Buckholtz is the author of Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War, one of the first memoirs of the Iraq war period by a military spouse. It is regularly named as a resource that helps bridge the civilian-military divide and included in roundups of the most influential books by military spouses. Alison also wrote a yearlong “Deployment Diary” column on Slate.com. Her articles and essays have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Real Simple, Parenting, Washingtonian magazine, Time.com, Salon.com and many other publications. She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and two children.