February 3rd, 2009
08:06 PM ET
6 years ago

Elizabeth Edwards plans new book

Elizabeth Edwards is writing a new book.
Elizabeth Edwards is writing a new book.

(CNN) - Elizabeth Edwards has largely avoided the spotlight since her husband admitted to an extramarital affair last summer, but the wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards is certain to draw headlines when she releases a personal new book this spring.

In Resilience, scheduled for a May release, Edwards will discuss how she's dealt with difficult moments in her life — like her husband’s affair, said the publisher.

"She would exhibit…remarkable grace and courage again when the very private matter of her husband's infidelity became public fodder," Broadway Books said in a release announcing the upcoming publication of the book.

Edwards has repeatedly declined to discuss her husband's relationship with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter.

“[Edwards is] one of the most beloved political figures in the country, and on the surface, seems to have led a charmed life,” said publishers. “In many ways, she has. Beautiful family. Thriving career. Supportive friendship. Loving marriage. But she's no stranger to adversity. "

Edwards is also expected to discuss her ongoing battle with breast cancer, and the 1996 death of her 16 year-old son Wade.


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  1. Good luck

    Keep up the fight Liz,we are with you.

    February 3, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. Why

    Mary – the Edwards and every one in the Democrat Party are experts as low blows, not the American people. You and Barack Hussien Obama will not silence us.

    February 3, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. Lois Brady

    Where is the evidence that 'Edwards is one of the most beloved political figures in history?' He won't admit that he fathered the child he had with the other woman. I have heard that writing is the most cathartic way of freeing ones self from emotional stress. Good for her.
    No wonder she has breast cancer with all the heartbreak she has experienced.

    February 3, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. Jane

    Who flippin cares? We have a country that is losing thousands of jobs every month. What is more, 40,000 factories have closed in the United States since 1998. And this chick thinks the American public wants to hear about her breast cancer battle and her husband's affair? Again, who flippin cares??!!

    February 3, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. Polly

    How Firm A Foundation. She's suffered tough trials. I wish her many blessings and happiness.

    February 3, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. JGriffith

    What a joke. Everything is about turning a dollar to the Edwards'. They have tried to prosper and capitalize on every other tragedy in their lives, why not John's infidelity?

    Knew it was just a matter of time. Nether one of these two egomaniacs can stand being out of the media spotlight for any length of time. As a North Carolinian and Chapel Hill resident, I wish they would just go away. Move to Iowa and finish your "work" stated with the poverty center prior to the election., John. Never knew Iowa was so poverty stricken until Edwards chaired the poverty center here at UNC.

    For those who think Elizabeth is so pure and wholesome, you obviously do not remember her trashing a good man, neighbor Monty Johnson, in the national media. The "rabid republican" a man she NEVER met. Yeah, she's so kind and gracious – pffffffft.

    February 3, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. V

    She deserves so much more than what she has been given in life. But the good always suffer at the hands of the selfish, the unfaithful, liars and cons. You can never replace the pain with anything, it is always there.

    February 3, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. Donna

    Why are some of you so mean? Please explain what that serves here.

    February 3, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Donna

    I will probably read her book at some point. But God, forgiveness, and whatever else, I sort of wish she would have kicked him to the curb.

    and Michael, of the "I can see why he was having an affair" comment, you are just an irrelevent jerk. You arent fit to clean Mrs Edwards' toe jam.

    February 3, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. mb-texas

    Good luck.Praying for you and John.Hope the comments of hateful
    thoughts,hope the persons never have to face what you and John
    have gone through.Sickness and mistakes are everyday happenings.
    Again good luck.

    February 3, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Barbara

    I just wanted to add to the supportive comments for Elizabeth Edwards. Elizabeth Edwards is a remarkable woman, with strength, courage, and grace. I'm not sure where it is in the Bible, but the lesson is there: Don't judge someone until you've walked a mile in his/her shoes. If only more of us were as courageous and graceful as she is!

    February 3, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  12. Polly

    Carl-
    Couldn't we all be criticized over something we've done if it were in the public eye? What if you were in politics, what would the media splash all over the news about you life? I can't judge John McCain. He's only human. He was a young man at that time and they both suffered tramatic events in their lives at that time. Give him a break.

    February 3, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  13. Sheri

    Good for Mrs. Edward writing a book. Get well girl, your special.

    February 3, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. Sheri

    Someone on here said that Mrs. Edwards looks rugged and what happened to her? Well, you probably have no idea what she's been through.

    February 3, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. silverspring

    I have nothing but good things about Mrs. Edward. Good continues to bless her so she can spend valuable time with her family

    February 3, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  16. Bev

    This is a weird family. Her husband is a total liar, a cheat and a fraud. He still won't admit that his affair led to a child and the wife is in denial. Of course, when she dies he'll admit it. And here she is dieing from cancer and her priority is to write a book?? Isn't that strange? I sure think it is. Is politics this addictive? You'd sacrifice dignity and family integrity for power and fortune? Don't you think her priority would be to her kids? Spending time with them? Wouldn't you want all the nonsense out of your life so you could focus on them? And does this guy REALLY think he can be in politics again? Does he not realize what a total jerk he is? I can't imagine anyone wanting to vote for him. What a sorry excuse for a person.

    February 3, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  17. Mississippi Mike

    I hope she sets the record straight on her power-mad husband. I don't know what's worse, her cheating on her while she had cancer, or her enabling him by denying that he did anything wrong.

    February 3, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. redneck in nyc

    well good for her. at the same time, only in the good ol USA does a democrat have his professional career ruined by a completely irrelevant, private indiscretion. he should have started an illegal war and caused the deaths of tens of thousands of people and then let his buddies get away with boatloads of ca$h...oh wait only republicans get rewarded for that

    February 3, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. Deborah Moore, Roseville, MN

    Doug and Michael: Schadenfreude describes your very sad, sick mentality. I am praying for you.

    Does the phrase: "Walk a mile in her moccasins/shoes" ring a bell?

    You couldn't give me this woman's life! She lost a child, she lost a relationship and its trust, she is battling a savage disease.

    Peace and blessing to Elizabeth Edwards, a brave woman, looking out for her best interests.

    February 3, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  20. Lois, Ont., Canada

    Wht doesn't she 'dump' him. She is a smart lady & can go places without the two-timing 'tom cat'

    February 3, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  21. Linda, "Your Sister from Nevada"

    Hello dear Elizabeth,

    The bravest act is following your HEART...and you are doing it, not only "talking the talk, but walking the walk!" I think you look WONDERFUL!! I still remember meeting you in Reno...and no one can know what anyone has been through unless they have "walked in their shoes" I know that after 32 years of marraige if my husband strayed that I would be hurt, mad and embarrased, but I would fight to keep our marraige together...it is easier to walk...it is tougher to stay and fight!!

    So congrats to you for putting your thoughts and raw emotions into words for all of us to digest and learn from....isn't that what life is about, helping each other in times of need?? You have shown us such courage with your medical condition...now show us, how to get through the grief of betrayal and be stronger for it!!

    YOU are still 13 days older than I am...your military veteran friend..
    Linda

    February 3, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  22. Rachel, NY NY

    Go Elizabeth...expose everything on that coward husband of yours. Can you imagine this two-face might have been our President.

    Democrats are two liberal when it comes to unbuckling their belts.

    February 3, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  23. Evan

    At least he paid his taxes...well maybe he paid them...well he is a Democrat so he might have paid them...well he paid them like he was faithful to his wife....

    February 3, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  24. Ana

    Good for her!

    February 3, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. Rob

    John, What a great way to keep her silent. She can say what she wants about you in a book that no one will read. In return, she gets paid.

    February 3, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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