Got Here as Soon as I Could: Discovering the Way Life Should Be (Hardcover)

Discovering the Way Life Should Be

By Sarah Smiley

Down East Books, 9781608935765, 328pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2016



I m not from Maine but I got here as soon as I could. Six years ago, a family from Florida fell in love with the way life should be, and although they ve never seen a moose, the Smileys intend to stay. Because say what you will about the cold winters and the messy mud season, there is no other place to raise a kid than in the great state of Maine. Got Here As Soon As I Could is a collection of syndicated columnist Sarah Smiley's most-loved columns about raising a family in Maine. In these 100 essays, readers will laugh, cry and nod their head yes as they remember a time when all of America was as simple and beautiful as it still is today in Vacationland.

About the Author

Sarah Smiley is the author of a syndicated newspaper column published locally in the Brunswick Times-Record and Bangor Daily News, and in Washington, Florida, Colorado and Texas. Sarah has written three books: the memoirs Dinner with the Smileys, (Hyperion, 2013) Going Overboard, (Penguin/New American Library, 2005), and a collection of essays titled I'm Just Saying . . ., (Ballinger, 2008). She is a frequent contributor for Parade, Huffington Post and Sarah has been featured in The New York Times Magazine; O, the Oprah Magazine; Parade (cover story); GoodHousekeeping; Newsweek; DownEast; Maine; and Military Spouse Magazine (cover story). Sarah also has appeared on the Today Show, Katie (Couric), Nightline, CNN s American Morning and Sunday Morning, CBS's The Early Show, Fox News Studio B, and MSNBC Live. Locally, Sarah is a frequent co-host and guest on WVOM, The Voice of Maine, and The Nite Show with Danny Cashman. Sarah has been featured on WCSH6 s 207 and MPBN. In 2014, Smiley was awarded the American Legion Auxiliary s prestigious Public Spirit Award. She lives with her husband and kids in Bangor, Maine."