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Bristol Palin's memoir due this summer

The daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has signed with William Morrow to publish "Not Afraid of Life." Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, announced Tuesday that the memoir would provide "an inside look at her life."
/ Source: The Associated Press

It's official: Bristol Palin has a book deal. The daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has signed with William Morrow to publish "Not Afraid of Life," to come out this summer. Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, announced Tuesday that the memoir would provide "an inside look at her life." "Bristol gives readers an intimate behind-the-scenes look at her life for the first time, from growing up in Alaska to coming of age amid the media and political frenzy surrounding her mother's political rise; from becoming a single mother while still a teenager to coping as her relationship with her baby's father crumbled publicly — not once, but twice," according to Morrow. A listing for the book briefly appeared last month on Amazon.com and on an online HarperCollins spreadsheet. HarperCollins has published two best-sellers by Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008: "Going Rogue" and "America by Heart." Bristol Palin, 20, has become a celebrity in her own right, through her broken relationship with her child's father, Levi Johnston, and through her time as a contestant on "Dancing With the Stars." "Bristol talks about the highs and lows of her appearance on ABC-TV's 'Dancing With the Stars,' including the aching hours of practice, the biting criticisms, and the thrill of getting to the show's finals," Morrow announced. "She speaks candidly of her aspirations for the future and the deep religious faith that gives her strength and inspiration. "Plainspoken and disarmingly down to earth, Bristol offers new insight and understanding of who she is and what she values most." Morrow did not disclose how much Palin will be paid in the book deal.

Life in the limelight
Bristol Palin’s pregnancy became public news shortly before her mother Sarah Palin accepted the vice presidential nomination at the 2008 Republican National Convention. At the time, the family said that she and boyfriend Levi Johnston intended to get married, and Tripp’s father accompanied the family to the convention and to many stops during the campaign. But after Sarah Palin lost the election and Bristol's son Tripp was born, the couple broke up — they briefly reunited in 2010, but then broke up again. In 2009, Bristol appeared on TODAY to promote the Eighth Annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. The event was sponsored by the Candie’s Foundation, for which Bristol has signed on as a national spokeswoman in the battle to fight teen pregnancy in the United States.

Though she says she doesn’t regret being a mom at 18, Bristol said she felt a need to campaign to prevent teen pregnancies.

“I don’t regret  [motherhood] at all,” Bristol Palin told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren in 2009. “I just wish it had happened in 10 years, not now.”