A Book Deal for the First Lady
It's official: First lady Laura Bush will pen a memoir.
Publishing house Scribner secured the coveted contract and said today the book should hit shelves in 2010. Bush's press secretary, Sally McDonough, declined to tell the Associated Press how much Bush is being paid for the book, but past deals involving first ladies have carried multimillion-dollar payouts. And McDonough said the first lady would work with a collaborator (but one hasn't been selected).
The book deal was negotiated by -- who else? -- Washington uber-lawyer Bob Barnett, whose many clients include former president Bill Clinton and Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Edward Kennedy. Barnett told AP that Bush "has said she wants to get right to work on this project when she leaves the White House. It is a high priority for her."
President Bush said last year that he, too, wants to write a book. Publishers, noting his poor approval ratings, have urged him to wait.
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January 5, 2009; 11:56 AM ET
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