NEW YORK (AP) - Elizabeth Edwards writes in a new memoir to be
published in May that news of her husband's affair made her vomit
in a bathroom.
"I cried and screamed, I went to the bathroom and threw up,"
Edwards, 59, writes in her book, "Resilience."
Edwards, who is terminally ill with cancer, said her husband, John, admitted to the betrayal just days after declaring his run
for president in 2006. She said she wanted him to drop out of the
race to protect the family from media scrutiny, but stood by his
"He should not have run," she wrote.
An advance copy of the book was obtained by the New York Daily
News, which reported on it Thursday.
John Edwards went public with the affair in August after the
National Enquirer reported he was the father of videographer Rielle
Hunter's daughter. He has denied paternity, but his wife of more
than 30 years doesn't address the issue in her book.
Edwards writes that Hunter's pickup line was "you are so hot"
and that when her husband first confessed, he lied and said he only
had sex with Hunter once.
The original confession "left most of the truth out," she
Elizabeth Edwards never identifies Hunter by name. But she says
that while her life may be tragic, Hunter's is "pathetic."
John Edwards, a former North Carolina senator, was laying the
groundwork for a presidential campaign when he hired Hunter to
shoot videos of him. Edwards said the affair with Hunter began and
ended that year, although Hunter was seen on the campaign trail
until the final days of 2006.
David Drake, the publicity director at Broadway Books, said her
book would serve as a sort of sequel to her previous memoir,
"Saving Graces," that was first published in 2006 and updated in
Edwards' initial memoir mostly focused on how she coped with the
1996 death of the couple's son Wade in a car accident at age 16 and
her ongoing battle with breast cancer.
Since the affair was announced, Edwards has continued to
advocate for health care reform by visiting Congress and making
The Edwardses have three children - Cate, Jack and Emma Claire.