Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers #2020

Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers By Elizabeth Edwards Saving Graces Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers 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 ad
  • Title: Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers
  • Author: Elizabeth Edwards
  • ISBN: 9780767925372
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers By Elizabeth Edwards 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 atShe 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.
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    1. I started reading this book during the John Edwards trial this book provides an interesting, albeit one sided, perspective of how a marriage can unravel while the wife is in complete denial I noted the first problem arose when Elizabeth sought solace in the computer and Internet chat rooms after the death of her son, Wade Although understandable, it seemed to me that she spent an inordinate amount of time talking with other people, not her husband, about her innermost feelings of grief Meanwhile [...]


    2. I don t know why I was was interested in this book John Edwards is too liberal for my tastes Although I did end up voting for Obama But that s far into the future and so is the saga of Elizabeth and John Edward s marriage Probably I choose it because my son is way out there liberal and it was something to discuss with him I know why I finished the book Elizabeth Edwards is an excellent writer and much of it was joyful to read Her writing about the death of her 16 year old son was honest and raw [...]


    3. Elizabeth Edwards writes so well about grief I expecially found her book full of humor, wisdom, and warmth I do wish her well with her current bout with cancer, she needs to live to become our first lady because she would be a fantastic advisor to a president as she is a fantastic advisor to anybody who connect with her, I suspect


    4. While I admire Elizabeth Edwards for the strength she showed publicly throughout her battle with breast cancer and her husband s infidelities, this book wasn t for me I m not sure what I was expecting exactly, but it wasn t Saving Graces.The first chapter drew me in and I did enjoy reading about her childhood as a military brat, but after that, reading the book became a chore I finally stopped about halfway through Losing a child is a tragedy that I wouldn t wish upon any parent, but one or two [...]


    5. Saving Graces is about Elizabeth Edwards emotional struggle with the impact of her son Wades death and the discovery of the re occurance of cancer My motivation for reading the book is to understand the rationale of both her and her husbands pursuit of the presidential nomination Why undertake such an arduous endeavor when the focus of her life should be on her treatment and recovery from cancer I am trying to understand the man and what went into making this decision.The book is well written an [...]


    6. I really enjoyed her story I picked it up because I found Elizabeth and John s story interesting and close to home for me I laughed, I cried, I cried some and I finished the book feeling like I new this woman and her story well I wish she were running for President



    7. I saw Elizabeth Edwards on I think Booknotes It was an extended interview and she was talking about her book What made me want to buy it was here quote regarding the loss of her son I have sometimes talked about the strange gift that comes with the awful tragedy of losing a child I had already been through the worst, I believed we all had, and I had the gift of knowing that nothing will ever be as bad as that When she was diagnosed with breast cancer within days of the presidential election, she [...]


    8. I heard Elizabeth Edwards on NPR talking about her book the day it came out and found a copy soon after Now, in light of her husband s infidelity, it seems to ring less true, though it s not her fault You ve got to watch those pretty boys They can fool you.From the PublisherDuring the 2004 presidential campaign, Elizabeth Edwards gained attention and admiration for her smart, likable, and down to earth personality These qualities shine forth in Saving Graces, a memoir of the trials, triumphs, an [...]


    9. To say that I was moved by this autobiography is a huge understatement I even cried on the airplane while I was reading it Just like you know that the Titantic will eventually sink when you watch the movie, you know that she eventually dies of cancer and you might already know before reading the book that they had a teenage son die in a car accident in the 1990 s and that her husband cheated on her which is NOT mentioned in the book was published in 2006, so it might have preceeded her the publi [...]


    10. 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 comeback or trying to post sex scandal these days By the time I finished that book I was enad of Elizabeth Edwards than ever but still able to find some equilibrium and forgiveness for John as she seemed to have done.Then I read this book, with the little add on chapter written about the time she got her [...]


    11. June s book club selection While Edwards story was interesting life with a military father, college, grad school, law school, marriage, children, death of a child, politics, children, breast cancer I was a bit disappointed in the writing This is often my experience with autobiographies Perhaps it is because the person may not be a trained writer or it may be difficult to tell one s own story in a cohesive way I have sometimes talked about the strange gift that comes with the awful tragedy of l [...]


    12. I saw Elizabeth Edwards interviewed on Oprah some time ago and I was interested in reading her book I was interested in the personal aspects of Elizabeth s story Being Australian I didn t know her or her husband from the Presidential campaign.I really enjoyed the book I liked Elizabeth s conversational style of writing I cried over the loss of her son and the impact on her family I was fascinated by her desciption of Usenet and the grief support group she joined Usenet newsgroups being one of my [...]


    13. Prior to reading this book I had great respect for Elizabeth Edwards As I read, that only increased I was very impressed with not only her writing, but also her character As she wrote of the loss of her son, her family s early days in politics, her time on the campaign trail with her husband, and her early struggle with breast cancer, I was drawn to her honesty, her down to earth nature, and her humanizing flaws Of course, time has added perspective on the events she discussed as well, and I cou [...]


    14. My husband gave me this book because I had been impressed with Elizabeth Edwards he rarely gives me books so I made a point of reading it I like memoirs and autobiographyy and I enjoyed her account of growing up in a military family The story of her grief over her son s death is compelling and terrifying for a parent or grandparent I would never want to have this experience However, the I read the I was annoyed at her wealth and the luxury she had of being able to spend all her time grieving h [...]


    15. This isn t a book I would normally have picked up Elizabeth Edwards spoke at our 2007 Annual Meeting and I had my book signed so I figured I should read it.I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the book None of the topics were terribly interesting to me, but her writing was engaging enough to keep me going I guess I did enjoy her chapters on growing up a military brat, they were stories and observations that I could relate to.Edwards is obviously an extremely strong woman, and her upbeat attitud [...]


    16. Whatever your political leanings are, there is no denying the strength of Elizabeth Edwards, wife of democratic presidential candidate John Edwards Her book retells much of her interesting life including her experiences growng up as a military brat , but concentrates on some of her most trying moments, including losing her teenage son and a piece of herself in a car accident and being diagnosed with breast cancer on the eve of her husband s loss in the 2004 elections She gets a little preachy an [...]


    17. I read this book two years ago trying to find some insight into why Elizabeth Edwards would have gone along with John Edwards charade to run for president again in 2008, knowing he had had an extramarital affair Well, I didn t get much insight into that issue, but the book was an interesting read anyway I enjoyed reading about her growing up on US military bases in Japan There was a huge section on dealing with the overpowering grief from her son s death Edwards description of the 2004 campaign [...]


    18. This was my favorite of the three autobiographies I had recently read Mrs Edwards has a nice narrative style And boy, has she been through a lot, and that was only through the early treatment for her cancer Some of the lists of names of supporters and lengthy quotes of correspondence between her and other grieving parents grew somewhat tedious, however, and I found it unfair that it wasn t until the last chapter that she mentioned her daughter Cate s birth somehow Cate just appeared in the famil [...]


    19. I ve always liked the author s husband, John Edwards, as a political candidate and so was eager to read this book by a member of his family It didn t discuss, however, John as much as the death of their teenage son Wade and Elizabeth s battle with cancer In dealing with those two topics, there were times when I thought Enough , but then her apparent reason for writing the book was to express her appreciation for the support she received during those traumas, from both friends and strangers This [...]


    20. This is a book divided into four unequal parts Elizabeth Edwards childhood as a military brat, the 2004 Presidential election, her first battle with breast cancer and the death of her son, Wade.I think it s safe to say that Wade s death was the defining moment of Elizabeth s life She writes with depth and intensity of the days and weeks after Wade s death with such openness that I felt I was grieving alongside her Those chapters were some of the most honest, most painful writing I ve ever read.E [...]


    21. To be honest I only read this book to find Elizabeth Edwards response to Andrew Young s book The Politician Ms Edwards discussed many painful things in this book, especially the death of her son Wade in great detail, but not once did she discuss her husband s infidelity The book was written as though that period of her life never happened It was interesting to see her perspective of life on the campaign trail I didn t realize that she played a large role the campaign Seeing that she was a wife t [...]


    22. 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 to be She truly appeciated the concept of all success in life as being derived by a village , in which she was as much a contributor as a receiver I especially enjoyed all her references to military life as a former military brat I could really relate Her writing is so clear and coherent, full of perhaps [...]


    23. I think Elizabeth Edwards is a lovely writer, and I related to the way she thinks about the world and the value of community and connections The driving force of her life is the loss of her 16 year old son and the book deals with her grief, how she coped with it and channeled it into various campaigning It actually might be a good book to recommend to someone who has lost a child, but it might be tricky to do so given the author s perceived political nature to me she writes as a mother than a p [...]


    24. I found this books by Elizabeth Edwards to be a touching memoir She is brutally honest about the terrible grief she and her family experienced when their son was killed in an auto accident She also writes of her breast cancer, which she found just as the 2004 presidential race was ending and which has recently found has spread Her determination to support her husband in spite of her illness is obvious after reading of how she has handled other things in her life Her stories of her childhood as t [...]


    25. I liked the personal story of Elizabeth Edwards, especially as she described how hard it was to lose a teenage son and their decision to have additional children I felt that she was open and honest about her feelings during her first battle with breast cancer The part about all the political campaigns got a little repetitive and lots of name dropping, but overall an interesting look into the life of a politicians wife Since she wrote the book, she has been diagnosed again with breast cancer and [...]


    26. I adore Elizabeth Edwards I think she is an inspiration and I wish she were running for president instead of her husband I find great comfort when I hear her speak she is amazing However, her book really is not There were sections that were very good, primarily the parts where she talks about dealing with cancer But most of the rest of the book was really boring And the parts that weren t boring were extremely depressing I had so been looking forward to reading it and wish I had liked it .


    27. Elizabeth Edwards recounts how she coped with the sudden death of her son Wade and then her cancer diagnoses about ten years later She thanks her firends and family, including her extended ones on altpportief and griefnet, who listened to her and allowed her to grieve on her own time She grew up the child of a Navy pilot and lived all over the country, as well as Japan, and credits part of her coping with being able to immediately assimilate into new situations and easily make friends I admire h [...]


    28. Can t decide if Edwards was truly this good or if she was trying to convince herself that she was The tone is a bit sanctimonious bordering on holier than thou In places, it s a bit off putting However, I don t want to take anything away from Edwards as I do admire her as a woman she did go through than anyone should have to bear, and she did it with grace and dignity I d like to read her story from a different viewpoint.


    29. I started this book out of curiosity, but really became engaged with Elizabeth I related to many of her parenting attitudes, and her grief at having her world shattered by the death of her son, Wade She was a beautiful writer and very introspective It was hard reading the depth of her love and belief in her husband when you know how her story ended If you like memoirs, this will be one of the best written you will encounter.


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