Laura Bush to Release Memoir Next Year

By Lindsey Ellerson

Jan 5, 2009 10:16am

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies Reports: First Lady Laura Bush has found a publisher, and is set to release a memoir next year.

Publishing house Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster Inc., has acquired the rights to the first lady’s book. In a statement, Scriber says the memoir will offer "an intimate account of Mrs. Bush’s life experiences, including eight years in the White House."

Nan Graham, Vice President and Editor-in Chief of Scriber, will edit the book. Neither Scriber nor the White House has said how much Mrs. Bush will be paid.

Laura Bush’s predecessor, Hillary Clinton, received a blockbusting $8 million advance for her book, "Living History."  Former First Lady Barbara Bush’s memoirs far outsold her husband’s.

A former librarian and public school teacher, Mrs. Bush is an avid reader and has made literacy and library preservation the focus of her work as first lady. In 2008, she and daughter Jenna Bush co-authored "Read All About It!" a children’s book to promote reading.

A fictional account loosely based on Mrs. Bush’s life, "American Wife: A Novel" by Curtis Sittenfeld is already a best-seller.

ABC News’ Ann Compton contributed to this report.

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