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Book world gearing up for Sarah Palin’s memoir

November 3, 2009

Harper Collins has announced that Sarah Palin’s memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life (ghost-written with Lynn Vincent) will go on sale November 17, 2009.  The 400-page hardcover will release with an initial print run of a whopping 1.5 million copies, and the e-book will follow after Christmas.

Abruptly resigning from her political post as Governor of Alaska earlier this year, Sarah Palin has managed to stir up controversy over and over again, and readers will no doubt be curious to see what she has to say of her own experiences. According to her publisher, Jonathan Burnham, “It’s her words, her life, and it’s all there in full and fascinating detail.”

As with most political figures, Palin has her supporters as well as critics. Late last year, ABC news revealed that back home in Alaska, Palin (then Mayor of Wasillia) had fired a librarian for refusing to ban certain books in the local library, after her church had been lobbying for the book Pastor, I Am Gay to be removed. That, along with numerous strongly conservative views that Palin has tried to implement politially has garnered much publicity.

Palin’s conservative leanings are also reflected in her literary influences.  In one interview, she revealed that her top favourite writers are C.S. Lewis (along with his Narnia tales, readers will remember that he was a staunch supporter of religion, liberally incorporating it into his work), as well as Dr. George Sheehan, a one-time columnist for Runner’s World, who had published several works on athletics and battling cancer.

Palin will be appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show on November 16th to discuss her book.  Incidentally, it will also mark the first time that Palin publicly talks about her book and appears on Oprah.

What are your thoughts on Sarah Palin, and how do you think her new book will be received?

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