From Publishers Weekly
Schultz (Life Happens
) gives a frank and adoring account of standing by her man, Sherrod Brown, in his run for U.S. Senate from Ohio. Ashtabula-bred Schultz and Democratic Congressman Brown, both middle-aged, longtime divorced single parents, married in 2004, and by the middle of the next year had decided he would quit his congressional seat and oppose two-term Republican Sen. Mike DeWine. While a supportive and loving wife, Schultz is also a feminist, devoted to her work as a journalist (she won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005); she reluctantly gave in to the pressure to take a sabbatical from her Cleveland Plain Dealer
column during the course of the campaign. However, she became a valuable tool to her husband's success, from forcing his handlers to give the exhausted candidate time to recoup to trotting out her working-class family's hard-luck story when convenient. There are many funny moments (Brown was criticized for his unruly curls and his cheap suits), and DeWine's negative ads (led by Republican strategist Karl Rove) prompted Brown's team, in Hillary Clinton's words, to deck him with an ad of its own. (Schultz's own newspaper didn't endorse Brown.) Eventually, he won, and Schultz could happily return to her column. Her diary is upbeat, sometimes overly but affably composed. (July)
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In 2005, when her husband, Congressman Sherrod Brown, announced his intention to run for the U.S. Senate, Schultz, columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, suddenly went from Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist and commentator to relative obscurity as a politician's wife. When Brown announced his campaignand attempt to be the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Ohio in 14 yearsshe was momentarily at a loss about what it would mean for her as she listened to criticism about her decision to keep her job and her name. Finally, on leave from her job as columnist, she settled into observing the campaign from the perspective of a political wife and writing about the experience of a relatively new marriage weathering a campaign. Schultz recounts the stresses and tensions of the campaign: a fund-raiser scheduled on their second anniversary, political operatives rifling through the family's garbage, coping with negative press and her husband's reactions, concerns that her presence would be viewed as her paper's endorsement of Brown's candidacy. A revealing and amusing look at campaigns from a wife's perspective. Bush, Vanessa