John Edwards Helps Wife's Book Sales
Nothing like a good scandal to boost book sales.
And so it goes with Elizabeth Edwards, whose book, "Resilience," is getting a boon from the legal troubles of none other than her own husband, failed Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.
Just as Edwards acknowledged Sunday that he's now under federal investigation in connection with payments made to his campaign mistress, his ailing wife's book shot up to No. 88 on Amazon. (In fact, as we wrote this, her ranking went from 93 to 88 and we fully expect it to continue rising as her publicity tour kicks off.)
Not bad for a book that hasn't even been published. Elizabeth Edwards' tell-all book about her husband's infidelity is due to be released next week, on May 12. But already, the author has enjoyed four days on Amazon's top 100 list.
She surely couldn't have imagined that her own husband, who has stayed out of public view since admitting last summer that he'd had an affair with campaign roadie Rielle Hunter, could help so much with book sales.
The former North Carolina senator was back in the spotlight this weekend. The Associated Press reported that federal investigators are probing whether Edwards's 2008 campaign may have violated the law by shuffling money to his political action committee to pay Hunter for videos she produced of her favorite presidential candidate (who she seduced with the old stand-by "you're so hot.").
In her book, Elizabeth Edwards describes her sickened reaction when her husband confessed -- though not fully truthfully -- that he'd cheated on her. "I cried and screamed, I went to the bathroom and threw up," Edwards writes.
According to the New York Daily News, which got an advance copy of the book, Edwards does not mention Hunter by name. Nor does she address the lingering question of whether her husband fathered Hunter's infant daughter. But she describes Hunter's life as "pathetic."
We'll hear more from Mrs. Edwards when she makes a scheduled appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show this Thursday to discuss her husband's affair and her battle with cancer.
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