September 22nd, 2009
04:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Jenny Sanford scores book deal

Jenny Sanford's memoir will be published in May 2010.
Jenny Sanford's memoir will be published in May 2010.

(CNN) – Jenny Sanford, the estranged wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, is writing a book.

Sanford has sold the rights to her "inspirational memoir" to Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, the publisher told CNN Tuesday. The memoir is slated for release in May 2010.

Ballantine did not disclose the financial terms of the deal. Aside from a flattering interview with Vogue magazine, Sanford has remained mostly silent since June, when her husband publicly revealed an affair with an Argentine woman. In July, she and the couple's four boys moved out of the governor's mansion.

Gov. Sanford also had a deal to write a book about fiscal conservatism before the scandal short-circuited his political career. Sentinel Publishing was planning to publish "Within Our Means" in March 2010, but the company released Sanford from the deal in July, calling it "a mutual decision."


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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This should make Oprah's book club.

    September 22, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Bridgette

    That's always important. Never mind embarrasing your young children.

    September 22, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Bpin

    Sometimes you have to wonder if this is all not just set up. She writes a book, gets rich, Sandford leaves the Gov's office and they live rich happily ever after. Happens way too frequently to be tral

    September 22, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Good for Mrs. Sanford. She should be able to obtain some sort of emotional catharsis, and monetary renumeration for the crap that low-life husband of hers put her through for all to hear and read.

    September 22, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. For Real?

    Go ahead Jenny and make that moolah! We aren't mad at you.

    September 22, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. D. Tree

    How these people become figures worthy of a Book about their Life is beyond me. Your husband cheated on you, like thousands do on their wives every day. Why is your story so deserving of a book about it?

    September 22, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. vernis Robertson

    That's good he didn't take none of the Stimulis money , it would have ended up in Argentina .

    September 22, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. yuri

    Poor Mark! Is he not entitled to a cut in Jenny's take? How saddening!
    Our only hope is that Mark gets a mention in her book.

    September 22, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Peggy - TX

    I hope she makes a lot of money from her book. She has come out of this with her integrity intact and her husband’s destroyed.

    The Republicans at one time saw Stanford as a potential presidential candidate and he was leader of the Republicans Governors Association. His severe personality disorder should have been apparent to the powers that be in the republican Party, but that pack of good-old boys gave it only a wink and nod. Mrs. Stanford had the background and clearly the potential to run for office, but in typical Republican fashion, she was filtered out by the Republican political machine that favors ONLY fundamentally-flawed, white males and stupid, pretty females.

    September 22, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. DB25

    Lemons into lemonade....

    September 22, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Obama 2.0

    Everyone scores ;) Go Team!

    September 22, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Jean

    She is already rich from her family BEFORE she married Sanford.
    She has been embarrassed, humiliated and treated like crap by her husband who had MANY opportunities to rectify the situation.
    There is nothing more that she can do to embarrass her children: Governor Sanford did that all on his own. The woman is clearing HER name. Let her do it and give her some respect. Lord knows she didn't get it from her husband of 20 years.

    September 22, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Listen up, young women of America! Here's your recipe for success:

    1. Marry a famous man or someone on the way up. Preferably a politician.
    2. Have some children with him
    3. Enjoy the perks of "the good life".
    4. Put up with his infidelities until it gets so bad that you have to leave him.
    5. Act all dignified when you speak publically about the "affair".
    6. Leave your husband.
    7. Ink a tell-all book deal, throwing your children, your Ex and anyone else involved in your sordid life under the bus.

    Well, done, girls! You have accomplished the American Dream!

    September 22, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. You deserve the deal

    Maybe Sanford and Edwards can get together in the same cell. Seeing as how they are both dirt bags. This book deal is great for you but you are stupid if you don't dump his ass.

    September 22, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. LacrosseMom

    Poor woman! Jenny, just move on, the man is a schmuck!

    September 22, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Charlotte

    From what I read in the news when all of this love story started was that Mrs. Sanford was always in the Gov. office, and beside him, sort of an Asst. She will be running for office soon for something, as it seems this is where her interest and heart has always been.

    September 22, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Great, another book from some GOP wife about her idiot husband screwing up: folks, it is no longer an anomaly when it becomes the norm. It’s too bad they cannot retitle his book and sell it. Instead of “Within Our Means”, he can call it “Argentine Dreams”.

    September 22, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Barry In Las Vegas

    Who cares?

    September 22, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Cosmo

    Another sign of the impending apocalypse.

    September 22, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Looks like everyone gets in on a book deal no matter whom they are or are/have been married to.

    September 22, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Navy Vet

    Why can't the Republican wives do what Hillary did and just make him sleep on the couch for a year and make his life miserable?

    Why air everything and humiliate your kids for money?

    September 22, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Judi from Frisco

    I doubt that it will make Oprah's book club. Mrs. Sanford, from what I have read, doesn't need the money. The family should have had enough of all this public scrutiny. I don't understand her motivation. Is it that many people simply have a burning desire to be a published author?

    September 22, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. mtanne

    It's a shame that with so much great literature on the bookselves that we are constantly exposed to marginal ghost writing about someone's misery. I guess I should'nt get too upset, the average American does not read one book a year, let alone pick up a newspaper.

    September 22, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. d1120

    Another waste of trees.........

    September 22, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Well, I certainly hope she doesn't let "ole womanizer" talk her out of the $$$$$$ she garners from the book! AND I hope she has a good lawyer, to advise her, because knowing, Mark Sanford, as we do, corruption is written ALL OVER his life!!!!

    September 22, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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