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Writing with warmth and humor, Connie Schultz reveals the rigors, joys, and absolute madness of a new marriage at midlife and campaigning with her husband, Sherrod Brown, now the junior senator from Ohio. She describes the chain of events leading up to Sherrod’s decision to run for the Senate (he would not enter the fray without his wife’s unequivocal support), and her own Writing with warmth and humor, Connie Schultz reveals the rigors, joys, and absolute madness of a new marriage at midlife and campaigning with her husband, Sherrod Brown, now the junior senator from Ohio. She describes the chain of events leading up to Sherrod’s decision to run for the Senate (he would not enter the fray without his wife’s unequivocal support), and her own decision to step down from writing her Pulitzer Prize-winning column during the course of one of the nation’s most intensely watched races. She writes about the moment her friends in the press became not so friendly, the constant campaign demands on her marriage and family life, and a personal tragedy that came out of the blue. Schultz also shares insight into the challenges of political life: dealing with audacious bloggers, ruthless adversaries, and political divas; battling expectations of a political wife; and the shock of having staffers young enough to be her children suddenly directing her every move. Connie Schultz is passionate and outspoken about her opinions–in other words, every political consultant’s nightmare, and every reader’s dream. “[Schultz is] a Pulitzer Prize—winning journalist with a mordant wit. . . . The [campaign memoir] genre takes on new life.” –The Washington Post Book World “With her characteristic wit and reportorial thoroughness, [Schultz] describes the behind-the-scenes chaos, frustration and excitement of a political campaign and the impact it has on a candidate’s family.” –Minneapolis Star Tribune “Witty and anecdotal, whether read by a Democrat or a Republican.” –Deseret Morning News “Frank and feisty . . . a spunky tribute to the survival of one woman’s spirit under conditions in which it might have been squelched.” –The Columbus Dispatch From the Trade Paperback edition.


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Writing with warmth and humor, Connie Schultz reveals the rigors, joys, and absolute madness of a new marriage at midlife and campaigning with her husband, Sherrod Brown, now the junior senator from Ohio. She describes the chain of events leading up to Sherrod’s decision to run for the Senate (he would not enter the fray without his wife’s unequivocal support), and her own Writing with warmth and humor, Connie Schultz reveals the rigors, joys, and absolute madness of a new marriage at midlife and campaigning with her husband, Sherrod Brown, now the junior senator from Ohio. She describes the chain of events leading up to Sherrod’s decision to run for the Senate (he would not enter the fray without his wife’s unequivocal support), and her own decision to step down from writing her Pulitzer Prize-winning column during the course of one of the nation’s most intensely watched races. She writes about the moment her friends in the press became not so friendly, the constant campaign demands on her marriage and family life, and a personal tragedy that came out of the blue. Schultz also shares insight into the challenges of political life: dealing with audacious bloggers, ruthless adversaries, and political divas; battling expectations of a political wife; and the shock of having staffers young enough to be her children suddenly directing her every move. Connie Schultz is passionate and outspoken about her opinions–in other words, every political consultant’s nightmare, and every reader’s dream. “[Schultz is] a Pulitzer Prize—winning journalist with a mordant wit. . . . The [campaign memoir] genre takes on new life.” –The Washington Post Book World “With her characteristic wit and reportorial thoroughness, [Schultz] describes the behind-the-scenes chaos, frustration and excitement of a political campaign and the impact it has on a candidate’s family.” –Minneapolis Star Tribune “Witty and anecdotal, whether read by a Democrat or a Republican.” –Deseret Morning News “Frank and feisty . . . a spunky tribute to the survival of one woman’s spirit under conditions in which it might have been squelched.” –The Columbus Dispatch From the Trade Paperback edition.

30 review for And His Lovely Wife: A Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    Connie Schultz' memoir, a book that came out in 2007, wrapped up 2015 perfectly for me. ...and His Lovely Wife is the story of the journalist's year on the campaign trail, the year she gave up her career to support and campaign for her new husband, Sherrod Brown, while he ran for Senator from Ohio. Schultz is an outspoken supporter of the working class, so her late-in-life marriage to the congressman from Ohio, Sherrod Brown, united two campaigners. But, only a short time into their marriage, the Connie Schultz' memoir, a book that came out in 2007, wrapped up 2015 perfectly for me. ...and His Lovely Wife is the story of the journalist's year on the campaign trail, the year she gave up her career to support and campaign for her new husband, Sherrod Brown, while he ran for Senator from Ohio. Schultz is an outspoken supporter of the working class, so her late-in-life marriage to the congressman from Ohio, Sherrod Brown, united two campaigners. But, only a short time into their marriage, the Democrats urged Brown to run for the Senate seat held by Republican Mike DeWine. And, Schultz was the last one to agree, knowing it would change their lives, change her career, forever. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist had the feeling she would have to put her career on hold in order to travel throughout the state of Oho. ...and His Lovely Wife is a tribute to two hardworking supporters of the working class, who took a year out of their lives to hit the campaign trail, hoping they could make a difference in the lives of the middle class. Connie Schultz tells the story of that year with humor and love, but she isn't afraid to point out the problems on the campaign trail, along with her fears, and Sherrod Brown's fears that he would let down the people who were supporting him. It's a fascinating look inside a campaign, written only as a journalist and wife could write it. Connie Schultz' account is a refreshing, positive story following a political year that has been difficult to watch. And, 2016 will probably be just as bad. ...and His Lovely Wife, with its humor, love, and passion for the ordinary person, is charming and thoughtful.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Further cementing my perception of Connie Schultz and Sherrod Brown as the most adorable couple ever. I liked reading this behind the scenes account of Brown's Senate race through the eyes of his talented and whipsmart wife, who I really admire. Also it made me feel proud to be an Ohioan. Jeez, a little misty over here... Further cementing my perception of Connie Schultz and Sherrod Brown as the most adorable couple ever. I liked reading this behind the scenes account of Brown's Senate race through the eyes of his talented and whipsmart wife, who I really admire. Also it made me feel proud to be an Ohioan. Jeez, a little misty over here...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I downloaded this book onto my iPhone using the Kindle app just to see how the app worked. But then I started reading it! I've always liked Sherrod Brown, and as a former journalist, I wondered what it must be like for his wife to go from impartial reporter to political wife. Although I'm sure Schultz would bristle under the term "political wife" and all that it implies. This book was about her struggle to maintain her own identity when she is thrust into the world of a political campaign. I fou I downloaded this book onto my iPhone using the Kindle app just to see how the app worked. But then I started reading it! I've always liked Sherrod Brown, and as a former journalist, I wondered what it must be like for his wife to go from impartial reporter to political wife. Although I'm sure Schultz would bristle under the term "political wife" and all that it implies. This book was about her struggle to maintain her own identity when she is thrust into the world of a political campaign. I found it particularly interesting how she was able to come to terms with giving up some of her autonomy for her husband's career - not just because she loved him but because she believed in what he was fighting for. But that didn't mean it wasn't a struggle. I read most of this book a chapter at a time while I ate my lunch at work, and most days it made me cry. They weren't necessarily happy or sad cries, but the touching and poignant stories she told about her parents, her family, meeting people on the campaign trail, etc. moved me in a way my cynical, judgmental self hasn't felt in a long time. If this account was coming from anyone else but a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist I would say it was whitewashed. But apparently Sherrod Brown is the real thing. However, the story that sticks with me most was the campaign speech she made when an old man in the audience jeered her because she didn't change her name when she got married. She answered him by talking about her father and mother and how they struggled and worked hard and maybe didn't have the lives they dreamed of but wanted to make sure their children had what they didn't. By the end of the speech the old man was her biggest fan. Typing it here is making me well up again, both for the feelings it inspires for my own parents and because it shows how common experience softens political antagonism. It's those kind of beautiful stories that made me cry. I've never read Schultz's columns (we were always Beacon Journal people rather than the Plain Dealer), so I don't know if she always writes like this. Something tells me that she does, but I'm not sure if I'm going to seek out her column simply because I don't know if I could take the emotional roller coaster!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Chronicling the 2006 U.S. Senate race of her husband, Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), this memoir by Pulitzer Prize-winner Connie Schultz is a bittersweet read. Sweet because of all the touching details and heartwarming stories that Schultz shares from their personal lives and from the campaign itself. Bitter because, 10 years later, it's clear to see how the Republican party helped create the debacle we call 2017. There are villains in this book who are still victimizing us today. Just comparing Brown' Chronicling the 2006 U.S. Senate race of her husband, Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), this memoir by Pulitzer Prize-winner Connie Schultz is a bittersweet read. Sweet because of all the touching details and heartwarming stories that Schultz shares from their personal lives and from the campaign itself. Bitter because, 10 years later, it's clear to see how the Republican party helped create the debacle we call 2017. There are villains in this book who are still victimizing us today. Just comparing Brown's ethical behavior (no government planes for private trips, not taking the Congressional health care plan until *all* Americans had health care [and, I hope, still will have]) to the depravity and callousness of the current administration is depressing. We need more people like Sherrod Brown running our government. (As a native Ohioan, it was a hoot for me to read about the towns the campaign went to -- most of which I'm familiar with -- as Brown and Schultz stumped across the state's 88 counties. Trivia fact: In 8th grade, students must learn the names and locations of all 88 counties. I got out of that drill just in time by moving to Indiana after 7th grade. :) )

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    I was reminded about Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown this spring while watching an episode of Glee. Glee villain Sue Sylvester announced she was running for a US House seat for Ohio, and my first thought was, “whew, I’m glad she’s not running for Senate. I love Sherrod Brown.” My love for Sherrod stemmed from a 2007 memoir by his wife, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Connie Schultz. She tells tales from the campaign trail including young staffers dictating her schedule and being introduced at I was reminded about Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown this spring while watching an episode of Glee. Glee villain Sue Sylvester announced she was running for a US House seat for Ohio, and my first thought was, “whew, I’m glad she’s not running for Senate. I love Sherrod Brown.” My love for Sherrod stemmed from a 2007 memoir by his wife, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Connie Schultz. She tells tales from the campaign trail including young staffers dictating her schedule and being introduced at a function as “Sherrod Brown…and his lovely wife” – no name included. Schultz wrote for The Plain Dealer and her accomplishments include several articles advocating for women’s health care including this one on the Stupak Amendment back in ‘09. …And His Lovely Wife is a delightful read and I recommend it for political and/or campaign junkies.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Disclosure: I think Connie Schultz is great and I wish her husband had run for President. That being said, the book was quite fun to read. She is smart and funny and insightful, and unsurprisingly (what w the Pulitzer) a good storyteller. Also, she is no-bullshit. She seems to be a naturally nice person, but she doesn’t pull punches about people who’ve done her loved ones wrong.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Meg Leader

    The story was engaging and interesting right up to election day. At that point Ms. Schultz starting dropping names and I felt like the story suffered. Not that she didn't drop names earlier than that, but the ratio of story to names, shifted. I'm happy I read it and if he should throw his hat in the ring I have a bit of background. The story was engaging and interesting right up to election day. At that point Ms. Schultz starting dropping names and I felt like the story suffered. Not that she didn't drop names earlier than that, but the ratio of story to names, shifted. I'm happy I read it and if he should throw his hat in the ring I have a bit of background.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Larry

    You'll never read a better book about love or politics, let alone a book about love AND politics. A real gem! You'll never read a better book about love or politics, let alone a book about love AND politics. A real gem!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan Baranoff

    As an Akron girl and a political junkie, although I was familiar with Connie's work at The Cleveland Plain Dealer, I was more familiar with her lovely husband and our Ohio Senator, Sherrod Brown (D), and all the work he has done on behalf of the working and middle class folks he has served over more than 30 years in government service. Since picking up this book I became more involved in Sherrod's 2012 and 2018 re-election campaigns and have had a chance to meet the sweet, strong, passionate wom As an Akron girl and a political junkie, although I was familiar with Connie's work at The Cleveland Plain Dealer, I was more familiar with her lovely husband and our Ohio Senator, Sherrod Brown (D), and all the work he has done on behalf of the working and middle class folks he has served over more than 30 years in government service. Since picking up this book I became more involved in Sherrod's 2012 and 2018 re-election campaigns and have had a chance to meet the sweet, strong, passionate woman who gave up her Pulitzer Prize winning column to help her lovey husband campaign for Senate. This memoir covers Sherrod's 2006 U.S. Senate race and Connie shares liberally from her personal thoughts, their personal lives, and from the campaign itself. We laugh and cry with her, we cheer the successes and, even though we DO know how it comes out, Connie manages to make election night a bit of a nail-biter for her readers and we go right along with her. Connie reveals her difficult adjustment under the harsh light of public life from divorced-mother of 2, career woman, award winning journalist, and a feminist since she knew what the word meant to the wife of a US Representative who is persuaded to run for Senate and what that means for her personally, professionally, and very, very, publicly. Born in Ashtabula into a blue collar family, Connie, in addition to her other loves and duties, teaches at Kent State University.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    I'm a biased Clevelander, ya know? ;) Loved hearing stories from my home state - including the all-important stops at Bob Evans. And I also loved hearing how a progressive didn't compromise his beliefs to win the election! As a woman, of course I loved Connie's take on having to make compromises in her own career for her husband's election. I can only imagine how hard that was. But she got a great story out of it? I'm a biased Clevelander, ya know? ;) Loved hearing stories from my home state - including the all-important stops at Bob Evans. And I also loved hearing how a progressive didn't compromise his beliefs to win the election! As a woman, of course I loved Connie's take on having to make compromises in her own career for her husband's election. I can only imagine how hard that was. But she got a great story out of it?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kennith

    Meet your next #FLOTUS and #POTUS Meet your next #FLOTUS and #POTUS. A great look at some of the goings on behind the scenes of the 2004 Ohio Senate campaign of Sherrod Brown and a peek into the 2020 Presidential primaries.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Connie Schultz is a delight. I thoroughly enjoyed walking through her life as she and her new husband navigated marriage, blended families, and dual careers whilst working tirelessly on his campaign for the United States Senate. Connie, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, is an excellent writer and story teller who made her experience come to life. I appreciated her candor and her humanity when talking about the things that were hard, the real life issues they faced and how they approached it a Connie Schultz is a delight. I thoroughly enjoyed walking through her life as she and her new husband navigated marriage, blended families, and dual careers whilst working tirelessly on his campaign for the United States Senate. Connie, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, is an excellent writer and story teller who made her experience come to life. I appreciated her candor and her humanity when talking about the things that were hard, the real life issues they faced and how they approached it all holding close to their principles. I can't imagine a new marriage, let alone a second marriage, could weather such a difficult season, yet I can also appreciate how the experience made them closer. I really like Connie and I liked her husband as a result (whose book I've also read and enjoyed). Also--I couldn't help but think that a political spouse like Connie, who herself was met with a lot of skepticism and derision for having her own name and career, likely had the way paved a bit by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Nevertheless, I was still sad to see the "lovely wife" reduction of such an accomplished woman. And I think that Eleanor Roosevelt, herself a columnist, would have just loved Connie!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I enjoyed Connie Schultz' account of her year+ campaigning with her husband, Sherrod Brown, for his senate seat, mostly in 2006. She also gave some insight into their enviable marriage which seems cemented by mutual ideals. As Schultz talks some about her childhood and family, I also seemed to recognize some of the circumstances portrayed in her more recent novel. I enjoy her writing and I wish she were my friend in real life. "...they [her parents] wore their bodies out so that we would never ha I enjoyed Connie Schultz' account of her year+ campaigning with her husband, Sherrod Brown, for his senate seat, mostly in 2006. She also gave some insight into their enviable marriage which seems cemented by mutual ideals. As Schultz talks some about her childhood and family, I also seemed to recognize some of the circumstances portrayed in her more recent novel. I enjoy her writing and I wish she were my friend in real life. "...they [her parents] wore their bodies out so that we would never have to." (85) "Now I have nothing against white men...I do think, however, if only white men are weighing in, you lose certain perspectives, such as those coming from entire groups of people who don't enjoy the same political, economic, and social advantages that come automatically to a lot of white men. Women, and people of all colors, come to mind." (122) "We knew it was important to be upbeat no matter how bad a week we were having, and this helped us focus on what was actually going right." (138)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    Not being from Ohio, I knew very little about Connie Schultz when I attended a reading of this book at the Oberlin Public Library soon after it was published. I purposefully sat right up front and was thrilled to be so close to such an electrifying personality. I immediately fell in love with Connie's exuberant personality and wit. Of course, when the talk was over I got the book from the library and read it immediately. What an insight into the life of public figures. Her frank, real, humorous Not being from Ohio, I knew very little about Connie Schultz when I attended a reading of this book at the Oberlin Public Library soon after it was published. I purposefully sat right up front and was thrilled to be so close to such an electrifying personality. I immediately fell in love with Connie's exuberant personality and wit. Of course, when the talk was over I got the book from the library and read it immediately. What an insight into the life of public figures. Her frank, real, humorous tale of being the life of a US Senator, and yet managing to hold on tight to her own self, her own core, her own aspirations and to use her considerable writing talents is inspiring and fun. I always looked forward to her next book, never thinking it might be her first novel. Now I have read "The Daughters of Erietown" in an advance copy I won here at Goodreads. Connie Schultz has now become one of the many best selling authors who I avidly watch for their next book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    I'm a big fan of Connie Schultz, who I feel I have gotten to "know" through her columns and her Facebook page. She's relentless in keeping that page as civil as possible by not allowing attacks, name calling, or other bad behavior. This book further cemented my view that Connie is "good people." She discusses the difficulties of her husband's first campaign for senate honestly and sincerely. She talks a lot about not losing herself and just becoming a wife. I like her feminist perspective. I lik I'm a big fan of Connie Schultz, who I feel I have gotten to "know" through her columns and her Facebook page. She's relentless in keeping that page as civil as possible by not allowing attacks, name calling, or other bad behavior. This book further cemented my view that Connie is "good people." She discusses the difficulties of her husband's first campaign for senate honestly and sincerely. She talks a lot about not losing herself and just becoming a wife. I like her feminist perspective. I like how much she shares about her family and growing up in Ohio. It's a quick read, and a fun one at that. If you like politics--especially about a progressive Democratic campaign--then this is for you. What a breath of fresh air as compared to all the rancid politics that are currently associated with the White House.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    insightful look into the life of a political candidate and their family but touched with humor - and the love and joy between Connie and Sherrod. I read this as the corona virus is spreading and we are nearing a lock down. Its a crazy, scary time but this book made me appreciate Connie and Sherrod even more. "From an early age, I knew that my parents once had their own dreams that died slow, agonizing deaths at the hands of their own fears." "My parents wore their bodies out so that we'd never hav insightful look into the life of a political candidate and their family but touched with humor - and the love and joy between Connie and Sherrod. I read this as the corona virus is spreading and we are nearing a lock down. Its a crazy, scary time but this book made me appreciate Connie and Sherrod even more. "From an early age, I knew that my parents once had their own dreams that died slow, agonizing deaths at the hands of their own fears." "My parents wore their bodies out so that we'd never have to." George Bernard Shaw: "I want to be all used up when I die. Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I've got a hold of for the moment and I want to make burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I'm a big fan of Connie Schultz's work and of how she engages with her readers/fans on social media, particularly on her Facebook page. I am also a former constituent of her husband, Sherrod Brown, and really appreciated his work as a progressive senator in Ohio. This book is fantastic. Schultz recounts his 2006 campaign for senator, but she is witty and charming throughout. She doesn't sugar coat the issues they encountered and that includes her own problems: leaving the Plain Dealer, learning I'm a big fan of Connie Schultz's work and of how she engages with her readers/fans on social media, particularly on her Facebook page. I am also a former constituent of her husband, Sherrod Brown, and really appreciated his work as a progressive senator in Ohio. This book is fantastic. Schultz recounts his 2006 campaign for senator, but she is witty and charming throughout. She doesn't sugar coat the issues they encountered and that includes her own problems: leaving the Plain Dealer, learning to be a "politician's wife" while being an ardent feminist and having her own career, etc. I can't recommend this enough.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Margo Medwid

    I found this book to be interesting. Running for a political office takes determination and stamina plus a smart team backing you up. Seems this campaign had all that! Starting with the Sherrod/ Connie team and their families. Their devotion to each other is very apparent. Also is how your world changes. Much like “becoming” Michele Obama’s story about their life before and after their run. I grew up in Mansfield in a Hard working democratic family. Dr Brown was our family dr forever. I remember I found this book to be interesting. Running for a political office takes determination and stamina plus a smart team backing you up. Seems this campaign had all that! Starting with the Sherrod/ Connie team and their families. Their devotion to each other is very apparent. Also is how your world changes. Much like “becoming” Michele Obama’s story about their life before and after their run. I grew up in Mansfield in a Hard working democratic family. Dr Brown was our family dr forever. I remember them in the 70s stomping against the Vietnam war. This just added a little more to the story for me. I look forward to reading “ Daughters of Erietown”.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I heard Connie Schultz on an episode of Pod Save America with her husband Senator Sherrod Brown and was so impressed with HER that I added her memoir to my list of books to read. She is a strong, funny writer and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book about her husband’s historic run for Senate in Ohio. Though it had been a year since the disaster of 2016 elections, I needed to be reminded of good election outcomes and the values of the Democratic Party which Sherrod and Connie proudly campaigne I heard Connie Schultz on an episode of Pod Save America with her husband Senator Sherrod Brown and was so impressed with HER that I added her memoir to my list of books to read. She is a strong, funny writer and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book about her husband’s historic run for Senate in Ohio. Though it had been a year since the disaster of 2016 elections, I needed to be reminded of good election outcomes and the values of the Democratic Party which Sherrod and Connie proudly campaigned on in 2006 and I still believe in all these years later.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Linda Spear

    Being an Ohioan of a certain political persuasion, I do love me some Connie Schultz (journalist) and Sherrod Brown (U.S. Senator). This is Connie's version of the campaign year she spent being introduced as "and his lovely wife" and sometimes "Connie" because apparently HER last name wasn't important. Since she has always been known as a very independent and outspoken woman, readers will get exactly what they expect. I laughed, I cried, and when I was finished was absolutely certain that my husb Being an Ohioan of a certain political persuasion, I do love me some Connie Schultz (journalist) and Sherrod Brown (U.S. Senator). This is Connie's version of the campaign year she spent being introduced as "and his lovely wife" and sometimes "Connie" because apparently HER last name wasn't important. Since she has always been known as a very independent and outspoken woman, readers will get exactly what they expect. I laughed, I cried, and when I was finished was absolutely certain that my husband and I could easily live next door to them. I intend to read more of her writing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    A candid and interesting look at Sherrod Brown’s 2006 Senate race through the eyes of his wife, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Connie Schultz. I love reading Schultz’s work, and this was no different. I want a sequel now - especially about how campaigns have changed for them in the time since, as Brown gears up to run again in 2018...and maybe even in 2020. Schultz and Brown make an impressive and accessible pair.

  22. 5 out of 5

    April

    Wonderful and witty behind the scenes look at what it is like during a Senate campaign, especially for “the lovely wife”. Since I am also from the Cleveland area, the stories and people were familiar and more personal. It’s bittersweet to reflect on how full of hope for change everyone felt back in 2006 and then on through 2008. Ten years later and the difference is staggering. We need hope again.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ann Aldrich

    Those who know nothing about Connie Schultz and Sherrod Brown will find this book an amusing journey through a Congressional campaign. Those who know Connie Schultz and Sherrod Brown through their writings, speeches, or public service will find in addition the subtleties of warmth and human kindness the make these two people so vibrant and remarkable. Those who are desperate to find a few moments of respite and joy amidst these troublesome times will find this book just what they are craving.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    I learned an awful lot about what it takes to stage a successful political campaign. This love story also addresses what it means to be a feminist and a woman who supports her husband and continues to pursue her career and to be her true self. Connie Schultz is easy to read with a comfortable writing style.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Mofield

    A great, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run a senatorial campaign. I am a big fan of both Connie Schultz and Sherrod Brown and this book did not disappoint. As someone who found the love of her life after divorce, I relate to her and Sherrod's loving and supportive marriage. The book is especially relevant during this 2018 campaign season as Sherrod is running for re-election. A great, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run a senatorial campaign. I am a big fan of both Connie Schultz and Sherrod Brown and this book did not disappoint. As someone who found the love of her life after divorce, I relate to her and Sherrod's loving and supportive marriage. The book is especially relevant during this 2018 campaign season as Sherrod is running for re-election.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ursula

    I adore Connie Schultz and Sherrod Brown. This book was a great look into campaign life and I love how she was honest about how difficult it can be. I love her humor and the sweet relationship she has with her husband. These two are gems and I am so happy Sherrod continues to fight for us in the Senate.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Daymon

    This book helped me remember that there is still hope. Connie writes such a candid and wonderful picture of her husband and the campaign that made him the senator for the state of Ohio. I grew up reading her column in the local paper in Cleveland and it’s a shame it took me this long to read one of her books.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Kent

    As a transplanted Ohioan and former resident of Cleveland, I wanted to read this memoir of the 2006 election. I left Cleveland before she wrote for the Plain Dealer so I was unfamiliar with her work. The is a well written and warmly charming story of the campaign. I have admired Senator Brown since he was elected and expect great things from him.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia L. Copeland

    How to survive a political campaign I appreciated Connie's honesty and willingness to expose the good and the bad. I had read her more recent book, "The Daughters of Erietown" before this book, but when I got to Chapter 6, I felt like I was back in Erietown. So many of those characters are based on her real-life family and experiences. How to survive a political campaign I appreciated Connie's honesty and willingness to expose the good and the bad. I had read her more recent book, "The Daughters of Erietown" before this book, but when I got to Chapter 6, I felt like I was back in Erietown. So many of those characters are based on her real-life family and experiences.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Connie Schultz is a national treasure. She gives as good as she gets and is the best of us. Through her stories she gives us all a front row seat to exactly what its like to run for office in a mid-western state that is not always friendly to progressive policy. Thank you, Connie, for giving us faith in the process and faith in the people who represent us all.

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