Sunflowers in Iraq: True Stories of Surviving & Thriving

(4 customer reviews)
@ Tara Smith

Not your Mother’s memoir.

From steamy bedrooms to scorched battlefields, stifling suburbia to lush Irish landscapes, Tara invites her readers in close. Join this California girl on her journey through the unruly waters of
Mental Health
One intimate essay at a time, Tara contemplates the true cost of survival, as she redefines Together.

(Hardcover, with 18 full color images/art woven throughout the stories, as well as 18 pages of black and white images/art).


ISBN: 978-1-29-2916620

Seller Bio

Sold by: Tara Darlene Smith

Author & Truth Excavator

Building Community One Story at a Time

Tara Darlene Smith feeds her soul by writing and reading creative nonfiction. She hopes to move ever closer to her truth one word at a time. She has studied creative writing in California and Colorado, earning her B.A. and M.A. Tara believes that where she writes is as important as what she writes about, and most recently moved to the captivating west coast of Ireland. Tara’s love of the sea, Irish music, and building community through storytelling have collided in the most fantastic ways in County Clare. Tara is fueled by caffeine, fierce optimism, and dog snuggles.

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    It is a long long time since I picked up and book and read a half of it in one sitting. Tara you weave words with such love. I am so grateful people like you exist. It gives me hope. The world would be easier to navigate if we were all radically honest. Thank you for sharing your gift.

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  2. Lisa Stodart

    “Sunflowers in Iraq” by Tara Darlene Smith is an extraordinary narrative of bravery, resilience, and the power of introspection. Tara fearlessly delves into the depths of her experiences, from traversing the battlefields of Iraq to finding solace in the community of Ireland. Her narrative courageously confronts the complexities of life, embracing both triumphs and mistakes with unwavering honesty. Tara’s journey from California to Iraq and eventually to Ireland serves as a poignant reminder for readers to trust their intuition and prioritize mental well-being. Through her candid reflections, she eloquently illustrates that our present circumstances are shaped by the choices we make along life’s tumultuous path. What sets “Sunflowers in Iraq” apart is Smith’s unparalleled storytelling prowess. Her narrative is not only inspiring but also refreshingly original. In particular, her exploration of her tumultuous early years with her family, likening them to trees, is both profound and beautifully rendered. Smith’s ability to tackle challenging subjects with poetic finesse is a testament to her literary talent. Having just concluded a widely acclaimed bestseller, I can confidently attest that “Sunflowers in Iraq” surpasses it by leaps and bounds. Smith’s narrative captivates from the very first page, leaving an indelible mark on readers long after the final chapter. In essence, “Sunflowers in Iraq” is a masterpiece—an ode to resilience, self-discovery, and the enduring power of the human spirit.

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  3. Elvis Tzialli

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is filled with captivating stories that allowed me to get to know the author better.

    The author’s words painted realistic pictures that took me on a delightful journey. The writing is easy to read, and I’m thrilled to have this book in my collection.
    Thanks Tara!

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  4. Mary Baker (verified owner)

    Tara Darlene, I read your book in two days! It was so good I didn’t want to put it down but I had to feed my husband!

    Your experiences in the military and life are so poignantly written. The truth of the experiences you faced in life were so well expressed. Thank you for telling an amazing story that made me laugh, cry, and triggered a lot of memories for me.

    Let me know when your next book is published because I know there will be more!❤️

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