February 3rd, 2009
08:06 PM ET
5 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. jmv

    Elizabeth for HHS Secretary??? John for HHS secretary???

    February 3, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. holly

    There is nothing to admire about these 2 scamsters, who were trying to scam their way into the White House. Elizabeth knew about John's affair, but was hoping to end up as First Lady, so she was keeping it quiet. What is there to admire about such lowlifes ? They are both despicable and shouldn't be in anyone's prayers.

    February 3, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  3. sunnygrace

    Why can't she keep a dignified distance? She knows she'll be questioned about the affair. What of her health? Wouldn't she rather spend the time quietly with her family? Are they officially separated and getting divorced and there really isn't much money? And is this why she's doing this?

    February 3, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. BRUTIS

    She is as big a screwball as her old man...He is just looking for a chance to sneak back into public life and is using her as the wedge..He cant stand keeping his big mouth shut any longer..Let them rot in their 20,000 square foot house there.

    February 3, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  5. Proud Yankee

    WHO CARES?????????????????????????????????

    February 3, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. Independant Thinker

    I hope that she sticks it to him, he deserves it.

    February 3, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  7. helene

    I know her book will be a huge success. A lot of women are hoping she gets the credit she deserves and pretty boy fades away.

    February 3, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  8. Pat CA

    "Loving marriage"? Poor lady!

    February 3, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    i thought she had cancer and died

    February 3, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. shannon

    obama mama, what a horrible person you must be, how about a photo so we can all ridicule you!

    February 3, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  11. R.C. Collins

    Who gives a crap about what this old bag thinks? I don't.

    Her hubby only cares about three things: Power, money, and poontang!!

    February 3, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. Elizabeth

    Why is it that the average human being has many issues, yet they
    are not sought after for a book on which they can make a great amount
    of money. These people in public light, some with pathetic tales of
    woe and do not even compare with the many difficulties others have
    always play the victim. Great respect for Elizabeth Edwards and
    God bless her in healing health but just in general many of these people
    seem to thrive off their stories. There are families hungry and children
    dying today who would never get a first nod is they tried to tell their
    stories. Elizabeth Edwards knows very well what her husband is
    capable of as did Hillary Clinton. They really do not care about the
    sexual infidilities as long as they have a place in main streal recognition. You could tell by Elizabeth's mood and manner that she
    already was harboring a lie about her husband when on the campaign trail. Come 2012 I think we should have Bill Clinton and
    John Edwards running on the same "pretty boy" ticket for disaster.

    February 3, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  13. carlton Prince

    The Edwards continue any matter, even those which should be private family matters, to feed a greed for the dollar. How tragic!!!

    February 3, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  14. Jan Illinois

    Thinking back on the election it's hard to have pity on Edwards because if he had dropped out, like he should have, the outcome might have been different for Hillary. Elizabeth is between a rock and a harder place at this time in her life. The way I see it is not much choice . He is a man who wants you to believe that he is all about helping the poor. A man who would pay four hundred dollars for a haircut, cares so very little about the poor in my opinion

    February 3, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. Nacirema

    You know why there is a crazy relentless media that has gone off its rocker... because all of you have become psychotic reactionaries to anything they put up and they feed off of it. Please, please, please lets try not to implode.

    February 3, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  16. Wendy Taylor

    Mrs. Edwards, AS othe rwomen have been decived, your husband

    lost my respect as well as other Americans. The bare fact that he did all this with the knowledge that you were so ill and you had kid at h ome is sad. You deserv much more. He is finished. I would say, pitch him and move on. Its time, and enjoy your adorable children.

    February 3, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  17. Both Deceived Public

    Of course Elizabeth's not as much at fault as John. She she also betrayed the public and the Democratic Party. How? By supporting John's decision to run . . . knowing about the affair ahead of time. Just think what damage would have occurred, if this scandal had come to light after John Edwards had already been nominated.

    February 3, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  18. kb

    Wow. I'm surprised by all the venom about John's affair.

    Mcain also had an affair and left his wife and children , but nobody seemed to be bothered by that while he was running for President!

    February 3, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  19. WOW

    Who cares about this witch? I certainly don't!

    February 3, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  20. TexasAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    R. C. Collins - what a disgusting comment. I feel sorry for your poor wife (should you actually have one).

    February 3, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  21. JuleS

    Elizabeth Edwards has seen her share of adversity, in light of her fight against breast cancer and the death of her son - something no mother should ever have to endure. Which is what makes John edwards' extramarital affair so dispicable. Elizabeth's only comfort, although I'm sure she will say she is not looking for "revenge" not harors a great deal of ill will toward her philandering cockroach husband, is that Johnny Wanderer's political career, like that of our own "Goofy Guv" Blago, another former presidential aspirant, is SO over there isn't a word to describe it.

    However severe the adversity Elizabeth Edwards has experienced, we need to remember that millions of other women, every day, also lose thier children - to famine, war, disease, bad water, starvation, gang violence, drunk drivers - and are diagnosed with incurable diseases themselves.

    The difference between them and Elizabeth Edwards and the other political, sports and entertainment celebrities who write about their adversity is - the elite can profit from their distress. The rest of the "rabble" have no such recourse, nor have ever experienced a fraction of the privileged lives the celebrities do. It makes it difficult to work up a lot of sympathy for Edwards' and others' "hardships;" maybe they'd feel a little better if they stepped outside their misery and took a look at how the rest of the world has to live.

    February 3, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. Ken

    So sad. When power fill people's head, they blow it away with an affair, drugs or alcohol or something. But if I were Elizabeth, I would keep to myself instead of airing my dirty laundry. Why tell all?

    February 3, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. Chris in Va.

    Oh poor, poor me, my life is so terrible, the world keeps weeing down my back, ....I know, I'll write a book and make a fortune!!!! There are plenty of saps out there who will want to co-miserate with me and pay me for that privilege!!!!

    I guess money CAN buy happiness. Disgusting.

    February 3, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  24. HH

    She is an enabler of a smooth talking, greedy cheat – her husband. She stood by and supported him as he ran in the primaries, knowing that if he got the nomination and his affair came to light (as it undoubtedly would have) that it would be a disaster for the Democratic party. I don't have any sympathy for woman who allow themselves to be treated like doormats (sure, not his kid then why was he visiting his "ex girlfriend" and her daughter after the affair was supposedly over?). She's no better than her husband.

    February 3, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. David

    Elizabeth, don't let any of these people who have writen some of the hatefull messeges dampen your spirits. You are a strong person and we will be praying for you.

    February 3, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
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