Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Crown Publishing Group, Sep 26, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
29 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.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
10
4 stars
12
3 stars
4
2 stars
3
1 star
0

I liked Elizabeth's conversational style of writing. - Goodreads
She was an intelligent, excellent writer. - Goodreads
June's book club selection. - Goodreads

Review: Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers

User Review  - Cheryl - Goodreads

A year or so ago, I read Resilience, the second book by Elizabeth Edwards, written during the sex scandal that ended her husband's political career (at least for a while -- they seem to be making a ... Read full review

Review: Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers

User Review  - Shirley Breheny - Goodreads

I absolutely loved this book. It is a true revelation of Elizabeth Edwards' character and life. It is essentially a "thank you" to all the people involved in her life who made her the person she came ... Read full review

Contents

Kenosha
1
Jacksonville
20
Iwakuni Japan
33
Zama
53
Chapel Hill
81
Raleigh and Not Raleigh
104
Raleigh Breathing Again
133
Washington The Senate
190
America the Primaries The Pitch
206
America the General Election
236
America the General The Race
257
Washington The Hospital
287
Home
338
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2006)

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 she has also taught legal writing as an adjunct instructor at the law school of North Carolina University. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Bibliographic information