First Lady's memoirs set to publish in 2010
First lady Laura Bushhas sold her memoirs to Scribner.
The CBS-owned publisher plans a 2010 publication. Terms of the advance were not disclosed, but previous first lady memoirs have fetched seven figures.
Bush has largely kept to herself, so it was unclear to publishers in discussions with her about the book what, if any, major revelations it may contain. Curtis Sittenfeld (“Prep”) published an acclaimed novel last year, “American Wife,” that was a fictionalized portrait of a character remarkably similar to Bush.
“As a rare witness to the private moments of one of our country’s most consequential presidencies, and as a first lady who has maintained a notable level of discretion, 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,” said Susan Maldow, exec VP and publisher of Scribner.
President Bush also has said he would like to write a book, but publishers are wary of trying to market it anytime soon given the recent trajectory of his approval rating.