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Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangersby Elizabeth Edwards
Synopses & Reviews
She charmed America with her smart, likable, down-to-earth personality as she campaigned for her husband, then vice-presidential candidate John Edwards. She inspired millions as she valiantly fought advanced breast cancer after being diagnosed only days before the 2004 election. She touched hundreds of similarly grieving families when her own son, Wade, died tragically at age sixteen in 1996. Now she shares her experiences in Saving Graces, an incandescent memoir of Edwards’ trials, tragedies, and triumphs, and of how various communities celebrated her joys and lent her steady strength and quiet hope in darker times.
Edwards writes about growing up in a military family, where she learned how to make friends easily in dozens of new schools and neighborhoods around the world and came to appreciate the unstinting help and comfort naval families shared. Edwards’ reminiscences of her years as a mother focus on the support she and other parents offered one another, from everyday favors to the ultimate test of her own community’s strength—their compassionate response to the death of the Edwards’ teenage son, Wade, in 1996. Her descriptions of her husband’s campaigns for Senate, president, and vice president offer a fascinating perspective on the groups, great and small, that sustain our democracy. Her fight with breast cancer, which stirred an outpouring of support from women across the country, has once again affirmed Edwards’ belief in the power of community to make our lives better and richer.
In a thoughtful memoir, the wife of vice-presidential candidate John Edwards offers an inspirational account of the role and significance of community in her life, from growing up as the daughter of a Navy pilot and her experiences on the campaign trail with her husband, to the 1996 death of their teenage son and her own battle with breast cancer. 125,000 first printing.
During the 2004 presidential campaign, Elizabeth Edwards gained admiration for her smart, likable, and down-to-earth personality. These qualities shine forth in this memoir of trials, triumphs, and tragedies, and of the various communities that celebrated her joys and lent her steady strength and quiet hope in darker times. Growing up in a military family, she learned how to make friends easily in new schools and neighborhoods, and came to appreciate the unstinting help and comfort naval families shared. Her reminiscences of her years as a mother focus on the support parents offer one another. Her descriptions of her husband's campaigns for Senate, president, and vice president offer a perspective on the groups, great and small, that sustain our democracy. Her fight with breast cancer, which stirred an outpouring of support, has once again affirmed Edwards's belief in the power of community to make our lives better and richer.--From publisher description.
About the Author
ELIZABETH EDWARDS, a lawyer, has worked for the North Carolina Attorney General’s office and at the law firm Merriman, Nichols, and Crampton in Raleigh, and also taught legal writing as an adjunct instructor at the law school of North Carolina University. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Table of Contents
Kenosha — Jacksonville — Iwakuni, Japan — Zama — Chapel Hill — Raleigh — Raleigh, and Not Raleigh — Raleigh, Breathing Again — Washington: The Senate — America, the Primaries: The Windup — America, the Primaries: The Pitch — America, the General Election: In the Starting Blocks — America, the General: The Race — Washington: The Hospital — Home.
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