January 6th, 2009
09:06 AM ET
9 years ago

Laura Bush reaches deal to write memoir

The famously private First Lady will publish a candid memoir about her time spent living in the White House.

The famously private First Lady will publish a candid memoir about her time spent living in the White House.

(CNN) – First Lady Laura Bush has secured a book deal with Scribner to publish her memoir, which promises to include “intimate” details about her eight years living in the White House.

Mrs. Bush, the famously private First Lady, consistently remained popular among Americans even as her husband’s approval rating dropped lower and lower. Scribner did not announce how much it is paying Mrs. Bush for her book.

Scribner, a division of Simon and Schuster, won a bidding war among top publishers for the rights to publish her memoir. Scribner editor-in-chief Nan Graham, will edit the book, which is scheduled to be published in 2010.

“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 course of the 21st century,” Susan Moldow, executive vice president and publisher of Scribner, said in a press release.

Maldow negotiated the contract with Washington lawyer Robert Barnett, a premier representative of famous authors like Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Lynne Cheney.

“I am very pleased to be associated with Scribner, the distinguished publishing house of so many of my favorite books,” Mrs. Bush said in a statement released by Scribner. “I look forward to working with Scribner and the Simon and Schuster team as I tell the stories of the extraordinary events and people I’ve met in my life, particularly during my years in the White House.”

President Bush has said that he wants to write a book as well, but White House Spokeswoman Dana Perino said he hasn’t started meeting with publishers or making headway. When asked at a press briefing on Monday if book publishers told the President to hold off because of his low approval ratings, Perino said she didn’t know.

“I think the President will write a book that I’ll certainly want to read,” Perino said. “If his approval ratings are factoring into somebody’s decision on whether they want to buy the book, I guess they just don’t want to learn about his point of view.”

–CNN White House Correspondent Elaine Quijano contributed to this report

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  1. A good guy in Missouri

    An incredibly dignified woman from a great family (both sides.)

    January 6, 2009 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  2. g from rtp


    January 6, 2009 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  3. barbra kramer

    i cannot imagine what she would consider good about his two terms in office. he was a stooge for dick cheney. that was his accomnplishments.
    he has ruined our economy,our country and about 20-25000 military lives,
    leaving them with maimed bodies,no limbs,etc. as a result of having
    served in iraq. many will never have a career. but,they have families,children. they are losing their homes. creditors don't care
    they are american heroes. not to mention the over 4,000 killed in action.
    this was a result of a personal vendetta of sadam huessain. bush said
    he threatened his daddy.
    i really don't understand how laura can look him in the face or eyes. she
    must share the same feelings as he. instead of a memoir,she should write a memoriam. sorry!

    January 6, 2009 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  4. Paul S

    The CNN readership is lame – comprised primarily of demos who spout off unintelligent diatribe.

    Indeed, any first lady (and that she is) has something meaningful to say and contribute irrespective of ones political beliefs.

    Right Wolfe?

    January 6, 2009 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  5. MikeH

    'Alias-proudest amerikan', you are a ignorant putz.

    Oil prices went up because regulations on oil traders was lifted, also known as the "Enron Loophole". You have George Bush and Phil 'Nation of Whiners' Graham to thank for that looting of the economy.

    By the way CNN, where's your article on how Sarah Palin prevented Alaska Drug Enforcement officers from arresting her daughter's boyfriend's mom for drug dealing? Sara Palin's campaign was more important than getting a drug dealer off the street. Sarah allowed a drug dealer to sell drugs to kids rather than risk her, Sarah, vice-presidential ambitions. C'mon CNN shows some gonads and print the story.

    And back to you 'Alias, you putz. Quit being such an ignoratnt boot-licking tool for the Republican Facist party. Read up on how billions of dollars were siphoned off by Bush, Cheney, and their greedy cronies.

    That's what Laura should write about.

    January 6, 2009 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  6. xsdfd

    Hope she reveals why she ran over and killed her ex-boyfriend so many years ago and all the nights she watched W drink and self medicate himself while having his personal conversations with God and then using the input to help him be the decider. The Bushes invented and pride themselves on their Stepford Wives. The positive side, if your a republican, there will be at least one book in W's library.

    January 6, 2009 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  7. United States Restored

    Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country... What are you doing for your country!!! What are we all doing what will it take to make this nation a leader again to save this worl. Stop your bickering!!! Stop!!!

    January 6, 2009 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  8. Smarty S.

    Please don't write your book, Laura. The bargain bins need space for Ann Coulter's buttwipe-unworthy screeds

    January 6, 2009 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  9. Lee

    I'm not interested in the details with Laura and Dubya..

    The ones that count are between Dubya and his "turdblossom", Karl Rove.

    January 6, 2009 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  10. elena

    Any woman that would stay married to and support such a monster
    has lost my respect.

    She should be ashamed of herself.

    January 6, 2009 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  11. Randall Arnold

    Kinglsey, are you kidding? Bush a good man? He's as big a crook as the rest of his gang. Like Harry Truman said, that's where the buck stops. Too bad it didn't stop before this book deal...

    January 6, 2009 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  12. dr.mimi de la cruz



    January 6, 2009 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  13. DannyCali

    Whatever is the same as Mr. Bush. I'm not going to put any panny in her book. How you spell STUPIDITY PRESIDENT.

    January 6, 2009 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  14. She's gonna do the whitewash?

    So, its his wife thats gonna be on the record.....

    how......Texan (?)

    January 6, 2009 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  15. Angel Glares

    I bet this will be a fascinating read.
    Can't wait till it comes out.

    January 6, 2009 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  16. Bean

    The title should be "I Thought I Was a Old Spinster at 30, So I Married the Town Drunk Who Grew Up to Be a War Criminal"

    Laura likes to talk about how she's a "Republican by marriage only" but she's gone right along with all her husband's vile dealings.

    She's pathetic and her book will hit the remainder bin faster than you can say "Botox."

    January 6, 2009 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  17. Don

    So sad. No one would believe Dubya now if he said the sun was shining so he has to hide behind the skirts of his wife and Rice.

    January 6, 2009 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  18. matt

    her & her hubby should be kicked out of the country for good.

    January 6, 2009 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  19. Draco Nomis

    Intimate detail #347b: George's spoo tastes like crankcase oil.

    January 6, 2009 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  20. Muhammad

    TCM is only seeking attention.

    January 6, 2009 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  21. david goldman



    January 6, 2009 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  22. Trena

    Laura, spare us the intimate details please.

    January 6, 2009 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  23. Laura

    Could any of you lead our country? Could any of you stand to be married to the leader of anything where your marriage is second to the issues at hand? Until you've walked a mile, give it up. Even the most effective leader in our country is dependant upon support of the legislative branch. Does anyone even bother to understand how government works?

    January 6, 2009 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  24. Patsy Madison, TN

    I could not get through the first page much less a whole book. Who on earth would buy that book? I almost feel sorry for her, but she could have left George a long time ago.

    January 6, 2009 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  25. Belle

    One cannot be proud of America and trash the sitting President of the United States.

    Look folks, I am a Democrat, but there are several things Bush has done.

    Even the Great O admires the work he did in Africa.
    No attacks have occurred on US soil since 9/11
    As bad as the economy got (which BUSH will get the blame for), in case no one has noticed, the markets have stabilized...which is due to Bush, and not the Great O. (He should get credit for successes as well as failures)

    The war in Iraq...plain and simple...had he sent enough troops in at the beginning, the war would have been over. However, Bush has already negotiated the troop withdrawals, so the Great O does not have to do a darn thing, other than "look cool."

    January 6, 2009 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
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