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. . . And His Lovely Wife: A Campaign Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man Paperback – May 13, 2008
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This is not your normal political read. You do not need to be a "political junkie" to enjoy it. Anyone who has ever evaluated their own life, or had to deal with society's stereotypes of how wives and women are to "be"; or just want a good read with humor and insight on life thrown in, will enjoy this book.
In this book, Ms. Schultz takes her usual approach to service-oriented journalism one step further. She provides us with an extraordinarily intimate and candid portrait of what it is like to be a woman with an independent professional identity who puts aside her career for a time to undertake a shared journey with her husband as he runs for one of the highest offices in the land. The resulting story is a portrait of love, sacrifice, occasional self doubt, exhaustion, exhilaration, and commitment to the highest ideals of public service.
It is possible for people who come from the humblest of upbringings to retain their values, stand on their parents' shoulders to use their talents, listen to others' voices who are crying out for help, and work tirelessly for the opportunity to serve--even as the daggers are pointed at their backs. (In this respect, C. Tass's review is completely unfair and outrageous--I don't think this person could have even read the book.)
Ms. Schultz holds little back and it is the raw honesty of this book that is the greatest reward.Read more ›
Most telling, Schultz and Brown are progressives with strong Christian beliefs, a real slap across the kisser for all those holier than thou right wingers who trumpet their family values while having affairs on the side: Newt Gingrich-please don't run for office again.
Then I read Connie Schultz's ...And His Lovely Wife: A Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man, an account of the year spent with her husband, Sherrod Brown, in his 2006 campaign for the United States Senate, and my cynicism disappeared.
Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, had been married to Brown, a U. S. Representative from Ohio, for just over two years when Brown told her he wanted to run for the Senate against a popular incumbent. They agreed that he would run as an "unapologetic progressive"; that he would run a statewide campaign and would fight back against any attack ads; and that their marriage would remain a priority.
But the day after taking leave from her job, less than two months into the campaign, Schultz wrote in her journal, "WHAT'S TO BECOME OF ME?" She knew that her career, her marriage, and her very identity as a writer and as a feminist would be threatened--that as the spouse of a candidate, she would go from "being a woman paid to give her opinion to a wife spouting her husband's views everywhere she went." That she shared most of Brown's views was little consolation when she was repeatedly introduced on the campaign circuit as "his lovely wife."
Schultz discovered, however, that she could "write [her] own playbook."
"I didn't have to follow someone else's rules on how to be a political wife.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been reading her articles for years, always appreciated her sense of humor and down to earth approach to life. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Rixmom
Well written memoir of a Senate race in Ohio where I lived for 15 years. Connie Schultz is a treasure.Published 1 month ago by Janice Miller
Honest and enjoyable account of a Senatorial campaign. Would convince me to vote for either of them! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Glenn Stroup
Excellent, fascinating story of politics, feminism and a loving marriage. What you would expect from Connie Schultz.Published 3 months ago by MI Grandma
Read this straight through. It's so nice to read about a relationship based on respect -- a true partnership. Engagingly written, rich, emotional, and real.Published 3 months ago by AFM
Absolutely wonderful book. It works on so many levels. There is the main story, of course, which is a love story, of two middle aged divorced people (with children) who find each... Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. H. Jolly
I have been a fan of Sherrod Brown's for many years. Now, I am also a huge fan of Connie Schultz. I loved the way she took us through the entire process of his campaign. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kathy Currence
I selected the book based on the title, "...And His Lovely Wife". 30+ Yeats ago I ran for public office, and pulled my wife into the campaign, and over and over again she would... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer