October 12th, 2010
08:03 AM ET
4 years ago

Condoleezza Rice's civil rights era memoir goes on sale

(CNN) – Condoleezza Rice's personal memoir of her family history hits the book stands Tuesday. In "Extraordinary, Ordinary People," the former U.S. Secretary of State recalls much of her family's time during the Civil Rights era in Birmingham.

Rice has said that she will write a memoir about her eight years in the White House but felt she could not do so until people understood the "personal and implausible journey" she had taken from being born in 1950s segregated Alabama to being named the first female African-American to lead the State Department.
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May 27th, 2010
02:25 PM ET
5 years ago

Rice to write memoir about her White House years

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday that she will write a memoir about her eight years in the White House.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday that she will write a memoir about her eight years in the White House.

(CNN) - Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday that she will write a memoir about her eight years in the White House, but only after her family memoir "Extraordinary, Ordinary People" is released. The first book, which recalls much of the Rice family's time during the Civil Rights era in Birmingham, will be published by Crown and is scheduled to go on sale October 12.

Rice spoke at an author panel during the 10th annual Book Expo America, a gathering of publishing and book retailers held at New York's Javits Center. Also on hand was moderator and Daily Show host Jon Stewart, who sheepishly admitted as he introduced Rice: "I am not particularly familiar with her work–but I hear good things."

After thanking Stewart for his 'stirring introduction,' Rice said she felt could not yet write a White House memoir until people understood the "personal and implausible journey" she had taken from being born in 1950s segregated Alabama to being named the first female African-American to lead the State Department. All of this happened, Rice said, due to her parents, John and Angelena Rice.

A guidance counselor/preacher and school teacher respectively, Mr. And Mrs. Rice never made more than $60,000 annually, Rice said. Yet they "believed in the transformative power of education and the armor of control it can put around you," she said.

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