Memoir: Elizabeth Edwards "threw up" at news of John's affair

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talks about her reaction to his affair.

"I cried and screamed, I went to the bathroom and threw up," she writes in "Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life's Adversities," which hits bookstores May 12.

Publisher Broadway Books bills the memoir as "an unsentimental and ultimately inspirational meditation on the gifts we can find among life’s biggest challenges."

Among other details the Daily News has spilled:

Rielle Hunter

, the other woman, initially seduced Edwards using a worn come-on line, Elizabeth writes: "You are so hot," Hunter told him outside a swank New York hotel. The campaign ultimately paid Hunter $114,000 to produce short films on his candidacy.

Edwards lashes out at Hunter, now 45, whose name she never uses in the book, as a parasitic groupie who invaded the Edwardses' life. Her own life may be tragic, she concludes, but Hunter's is "pathetic."

Even when Edwards confessed to his wife, he lied, claiming he had slipped up just once, Elizabeth writes.

Despite their difficulties, they remain together and she writes that she is comforted when, "I lie in bed, circles under my eyes, my sparse hair sticking in too many directions, and he looks at me as if I am the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. It matters."