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Laura Bush, publishers, discuss a book deal

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It's been a source of speculation for some weeks now, but yesterday the White House made it official, confirming to the Associated Press that Laura Bush is planning to write a memoir and has been meeting with publishers to discuss the project. Despite the economic downturn, experts are predicting that this will be a significant deal, likely to bring in at least as much as  the $8 million Hillary Clinton drew for her memoir "Living History."

In general, memoirs by first ladies sell well – often better than the books by their husbands.  In the case of Mrs. Bush, the fact that she has kept her opinions to herself throughout her husband's presidency has only increased public interest. Curtis Sittenfeld's bestselling novel "American Wife," based on the life of Laura Bush, may have served to stoke interest  as well.

Bush however, is reported to have said that her book will be a positive one (unlike, the AP notes, "My Turn" by Nancy Reagan which also served to settle score with old foes like former White House chief of staff Donald Regan.)

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