Sarah Palin to Pen Second Book Celebrating ‘American Virtues and Strengths’

Mar 4, 2010 1:00pm

ABC News’ Huma Khan reports: The ink has barely dried on Sarah Palin’s first memoir, “Going Rogue,” but the former Alaska governor has already inked a second book deal with publisher HarperCollins. Palin’s currently untitled second book will be “a celebration of American virtues and strengths,” HarperCollins said today in a statement. The publisher did not disclose the dollar amount on the deal. The former GOP vice presidential candidate’s first book sold 2.2 million copies and spent six weeks at the No. 1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Her second book, HarperCollins said, will include selections from classic and contemporary readings that have inspired Palin, and portraits of people she admires. “Palin will reflect on the key values — both national and spiritual — that have been such a profound part of her life and which continue to inform her vision of the future,” the publisher said. “She will also draw from her personal experience to amplify these timely (and timeless) themes.” Palin may have retired from her position as Alaska’s governor but she’s hardly left the spotlight. From the tea party convention to book signings, Palin has drawn large crowds, fueling speculation that she’s considering a run for the White House in 2012. Palin is also reportedly in talks with Mark Burnett, creator of reality TV series Survivor, for a “planet-Earth-type” docudrama on her home state of Alaska, according to Entertainment Weekly. EW’s Lynette Rice cited multiple sources as saying that the former Alaska governor is meeting with various network executives to pitch the show. Palin was hired as a Fox News commentator earlier this year and in her appearances on the cable channel, she has taken on both the Obama administration and lawmakers on issues ranging from health care to the economy. Both HarperCollins and Fox are owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. In Los Angeles this week, Palin stopped by Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” Tuesday and poked fun at Washington and even herself. The former governor’s daughter, Bristol, who had a son with the now infamous Levi Johnston, will appear as herself in ABC’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”

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