The Super Fun Kids' Graphic Novel Sale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Original Essays | September 23, 2015

    Bryan Doerries: IMG Using Greek Tragedies to Comfort the Afflicted and Afflict the Comfortable

    In ancient Athens, during the fifth century BC, military service was required of all citizens. To be a citizen meant being a soldier, and vice... Continue »
    1. $18.87 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

Qualifying orders ship free.
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Local Warehouse American Studies- Politics

Staying True


Staying True Cover

ISBN13: 9780345522399
ISBN10: 0345522397
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $4.48!


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In this candid and compelling memoir, the first lady of South Carolina reveals the private ordeal behind her very public betrayal—and offers inspiration for anyone struggling to keep faith during life’s most trying times.

She’s been a successful investment banker, a mother of four, and the campaign manager for one of American politics’ rising stars—her husband, Mark Sanford of South Carolina, once widely hailed as a possible candidate for president in 2012. Yet to most Americans, Jenny Sanford is best known for the one role she refused to play—that of conventional political spouse standing silently by while her husband went before the media and confessed his infidelity. Instead, she stayed true—to herself, to her faith, and to her highest ideals of parenthood and public service. She chose to let Mark Sanford deal with the embarrassment and political fallout from his own actions while focusing her own efforts privately on raising their children to be men of character, even in the face of the lies their father has told.

In Staying True, Jenny Sanford recalls her shock and anguish upon discovering that her husband was having an affair with a woman in Argentina, and the further pain when she learned—just a day ahead of most Americans—that he had not ended the affair when she believed he had. She reveals the source of her determination to be honest and forthright instead of the victim in the tabloid passion play that gripped the nation in June 2009.


But her story neither begins nor ends with Mark Sanford’s astounding fall from grace. Writing with uncommon candor from a deep well of spiritual strength, Sanford shares personal stories and life lessons from before and after she stepped into the public realm. She recounts the many stresses—as well as the myriad joys—that she experienced on a daily basis while living in the governmental spotlight. (Just try keeping four young boys out of mischief in the governor’s mansion!) And she describes the many ways that the seductions of power can drive apart even the most committed couples.

At every step along her journey, Jenny Sanford has made choices: She gave up her career, moved far from her home state of Illinois, even changed her religious practices. Every choice was a glad concession to harmonious married life and, in some cases, to the support of her husband’s political aspirations. But the one thing she never gave up was her sense of self, her inner moral compass. Her remarkable poise and decency make her a role model for men and women alike. Her story will empower anyone who has fought to maintain independence and integrity—within a marriage or elsewhere in life.

About the Author

Jenny Sullivan Sanford was born and raised in Winnetka, Illinois. A graduate of Georgetown University, she now lives on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, with her four sons.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

Deborah Fochler, February 10, 2010 (view all comments by Deborah Fochler)
This book is written with amazing candor. Jenny Sanford is a true "Southern Lady" and has much to teach the women and girls of today.
I can not begin to imagine the hurt and anger that she had to feel. But she put her childrens health and emotional stability in place of it. A not so easy task. She is honest, courageous and incredibly strong. I hope she will run for governor in lieu of her no good husband.

She may be surprised to find the support she will receive. I hope that she gets all she wants in this lifetime.

The book is interesting though at times hard to read because you want her to "get it" - that her husband is no good. He is a jerk. He doesnt deserve her. She is stronger than he, she is more honest than he, she is smarter than he and in the end - she does. But he still doesnt.

The weaker sex? No way.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Product Details

Sanford, Jenny
Ballantine Books
Personal Memoirs
South carolina
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
8.65 x 5.65 x 1 in 0.9 lb

Other books you might like

  1. Astronomy with CDROM and Poster (DK... Used Hardcover $13.50
  2. All New Square Foot Gardening... Sale Hardcover $2.50
  3. Chew on This: Everything You Don't...
    Used Trade Paper $5.95

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Women
Children's » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics

Staying True Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$4.48 In Stock
Product details 240 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345522399 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at