March 19th, 2014
02:07 PM ET
9 years ago

Clinton jokingly mulls book titles, maybe 'Bossy Pantsuit'?

Updated 2:45 p.m. ET, 3/19/2014

(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made light-hearted comments Wednesday about the process of writing her upcoming book during a short speech at the Association of American Publishers annual meeting in New York.

The potential presidential contender said her book, which is set to release in June, will focus on her experiences at the State Department, as well as 21st century challenges that range from "Crimea to climate change."

"Just another light summer read," she joked.

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Still considering titles for the book, Clinton pointed to a Washington Post contest in which the news outlet asked readers to submit suggestions for the name of her upcoming piece.

One of her favorites was "It Takes a World," which she said would be a "fitting sequel" to her 1996 book "It Takes a Village." Another suggestion, "Bossy Pantsuit," plays off her self-described love of actress Tina Fey, who penned the 2011 memoir "Bossypants."

"Although we can no longer say one of those words," Clinton said, drawing laughs. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg recently launched a campaign to ban the word "bossy," saying it could undermine girls and discourage them from leading.

Perhaps her favorite, though, was one submission that spins off the frequent scrutiny of Clinton's hairstyles: "The Scrunchie Chronicles: 112 Countries and It's Still All About My Hair."

"That actually is a keeper," Clinton joked. "That's on the short list."

Her new book will add to a list of other published books by the former first lady and U.S. senator, including her 2004 memoir "Living History," "It Takes a Village" and "An Invitation To The White House: At Home With History" (2000).

She's also the author of a 1998 children's book: "Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to the First Pets."

In her remarks, Clinton described some lessons she's learned about publishing, and she fought back against critics who claimed she didn't actually write "It Takes a Village."

She said she writes everything out in long-hand and has a messy collection of papers to prove it.

"If you did see my study at home, you would think it was an episode from 'The Hoarders.' The notes, the pages, the drafts–It is amazing," she said. "I now have barrels and barrels of old drafts in case anybody wants to see them again."

Talking about the number of editors who sort through her material, Clinton said "the biggest challenge is deciphering my husband's writing when he decides to put his two cents in."

Another big lesson she's learned, she said, is to check the foreign translations after the books publish.

She said the official version that was released in China omitted a major speech she delivered in China in 1996 when she called the country out on its record against human rights.

On a lighter note, she said when Bill Clinton's book, "My Life," came out in 2004, a pirated version of the book in China messed up the first sentence. The original line stated that Clinton was born "under a clear sky after a violent summer storm in a town called Hope."

But the pirated Chinese version, she said, reads: "The town of Hope, where I was born, has very good Feng Shui."

While making her speech to AAP, Clinton plugged the program "First Book," a nonprofit campaign that aims to give more books to low-income children. She argued the country's inequality problems stem from an education gap between low-income families and the middle-class that's rooted in a massive "book gap."

"This disadvantage in turn creates an achievement gap down the road," she said.

CNN's Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. bill


    March 19, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I have no recollection of ever having seen a "Mrs. Bill Clinton" photo that had her wearing a dress. Did they release photos of Chelsea's wedding that showed her in a dress? I cannot recall. I'm thinking no.

    March 19, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    The candidate has plenty of time for people to discover the truth, about Hillary, and not be fooled by the fact she started running really early, determined to win at any cost.

    March 19, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Jan Nappylotto

    I like:
    "What Matter Does It Make"

    "The Danger of YouTube Movies: The Hunt and Capture of the Nefarious Nakoula Basseley Nakoula"

    "How to Dodge Sniper Fire in High Heels"

    March 19, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    Rick – I think Issa has pretty much beat the dead Benghazzi horse with no results. The truth is, republicans are a sorry dying party. Some day archeologists will study the extinct GOP and learn how they almost ruined our country.

    March 19, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Silence DoGood

    Please spend a little time and read the quote in context.
    Benghazi – the new Birth Certificate and Death Panel.

    March 19, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Reggie53

    All of a sudden we are hearing so much about Hillary Clinton. I will not support her if she runs because she became one of Obama's croonies. Lost all respect for her.

    March 19, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Wake up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Come on Silence, you know Republikkkans can't read. Stop teasing them. If an article states it's about a democrat in the second sentence but you have countless people complaining saying it's not there, that ought to tell you they can't read.

    And Reggie, she hasn't even announced if she's running or not. It's the fear campaign run by the GOP and the MSM that keeps running stories on her.

    March 19, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    I will not vote for any republican. They have all been bought and paid for by the Kochs. Until you have a family member with a pre existing condition, and the surgery is in excess of $45,000, you will not realize what a couple of wealthy low life's these brothers are for spending $800 million to deny health care.

    March 19, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. wise guy

    Quite simply, bill doesn't want to know the truth, much easier to feel the way the gop tells him to. He does think he's clever, poor guy.

    March 19, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. bobo

    That would be totally Spot on!

    March 19, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. bobo

    How about this one...... "How not to deal with a terrorist attack at an American embassy"

    March 19, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Wake up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    It's hilarious how many people want to hold President Obama and Hillary responsible for one attack in a war torn country but are completely oblivious to the many attacks on embassies during W's time in office.

    If they had a brain they'd be dangerous.

    March 19, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. wise guy

    Bobo, George has a thirteen part series on that topic, thanks for playing. Let's do foreign policy next.

    March 19, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Jeff Brown in Jersey


    Oh Bill, you made a funny! You must be a real knee slapper at parties!

    March 19, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. wise guy

    Wake up, if they had a brain they'd be dangerous, I think its safe to say we're in no danger anytime soon.

    March 19, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    I practically don't give darn hoot at your Benghazi rant. Yes, on Hillary16. Period.
    PS: not even a fool believes GOP bull crab.

    March 19, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Rusty Krus

    All of a sudden we are hearing so much about Hillary Clinton. I will not support her if she runs because she became one of Obama's croonies. Lost all respect for her.

    Stop lying. You are a Republican and you hate her because she is a woman and you hate Obama because he is black. By the way, there is no such word as "croonie".

    March 19, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Mayor, please do not believe that just because you campaigned on getting rid of the carriages that most people agree with you. You were elected moslty because the other guy was a closet Tea Party member, not because of your position on carriages, pre-K, nor any of the other issues that you spoke about. Simply put, the other guy was identified as a "wacko bird", and you won by default.

    March 19, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |