First Lady to Release Book of Memoirs

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First Lady Laura Bush has signed a deal to release a book that will include accounts of her eight-year experience in the White House.

The Scribner publishing house agreed Monday, to publish the First Lady's memoirs, which will be released next year.

"I look forward to working with Scribner and the Simon & Schuster team as I tell the stories of the extraordinary events and people I've met in my life, particularly during my years in the White House," Mrs. Bush said in a statement.

Author and historian Jane Hampton Cook wrote a book about Mrs. Bush's faith.  Click play for her comments.

Susan Maldow, executive vice president and publisher of Scribner, negotiated the terms of the deal with popular Washington attorney Robert Barnett. Barnett's clients include the Clintons and Sen. Edward Kennedy.

"Her memoir will provide a candid and personal perspective, and an enduring record, of the years that have already determined the court of the 21st century," Maldow said.

The book's name has not been determined. Publishing executives estimated the book deal is worth at $3.5 million to $5 million.

Last spring, Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna wrote the children's book "Read All About It!" last spring. So far, it has sold 80,000 copies.

Source: The Associated Press, Wall Street Journal

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