NEW YORK (AP)— Michele Bachmann has a book deal.

Sentinel, a conservative imprint of Penguin Group (USA), announced Monday that the Republican presidential candidate’s memoir will arrive in November and already has been completed. The book, reports of which first circulated in June, is currently untitled.

Sentinel declined comment on whether Bachmann had assistance on the book. Former Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund said reports that he worked on it were wrong. He said that he had no involvement with the book.

As a member of the House of Representatives, Bachmann is not permitted to receive an advance against royalties.

According to Sentinel, Bachmann will “share previously untold stories” about her private life, “including her roles as a tax attorney, a wife, a mother of five and a foster mother of 23.” Virtually all of the Republicans candidates have published books, a standard for modern presidential campaigns.

“People are the most important ingredient in life,” Bachmann said in a statement issued Monday through Sentinel. “I love people, and I care deeply that our nation’s economy turns around so they can realize their American dream. This book will help to share my enthusiasm for an energized, pro-growth economy, and the life experiences that inform my optimism for the American people and for American greatness.”

Bachmann formally entered the race to seek the GOP nomination to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012 in June. By August, she was celebrating a win in the closely watched Iowa Republican straw poll, a test of strength in the leadoff caucus state. But Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to join the field has weakened Bachmann’s standing in the polls. She trails Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, with Texas Rep. Ron Paul also in the race.

Doug Sachtleben, a Bachmann spokesman, said the book rollout shouldn’t detract from her campaign.

“Throughout Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida, the congresswoman has kept a full schedule of meeting and talking with thousands of people, and she will continue with that full campaign schedule all through the days up to and beyond the release of her memoir,” Sachtleben said.

Bachmann’s climb comes barely five years after her arrival in Washington. The outspoken congresswoman tapped into anger about taxes and government spending that gave rise to the tea party and paired it with a social conservative following she honed in Minnesota.

She also has a history of controversial remarks, most recently when she said that Hurricane Irene and last week’s earthquake near Washington were signs that God was unhappy about government spending. Bachmann later explained that she was joking.

Now 55, Bachmann didn’t get her political start until her mid-40s when she won a state Senate seat the year after losing a local school board race.

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Comments (35)
  1. M. Twain says:

    Gotta be a coloring book.

    1. Kent says:

      Outstanding M. Twain!
      WCCO keeps putting Bachmann headlines on this site because they like to stir up the comments here.
      They are fun to read.

    2. Don_J says:

      Counting the front and back covers… I’m guessing… 2 pages.

      1. Willamina says:

        Don_J – You ROCK!

    3. Tom says:

      @ M. Twain

      Maybe a pop -up book.

      1. M.Twain says:

        A pop-up coloring book!!! Why didn’t “W” think of that!!!

    4. Mike says:

      I hope she does a chapter on Marcus; her queen.

      1. Max says:

        LOL!!! Right on the money!

    5. Amy j says:

      She’s not running for President realistically she just running a really expensive book/media tour. In the end that’s what it’s all about. Making herself more wealthy. SELL THOUSE BOOKS MICHELE.

  2. CFooFighter says:

    What memories does she have? Oh, that’s right, haunting Minnesotans.

  3. lauphingatu says:

    its a joke book with all her flubs

    1. Don_J says:

      A sampling of her more “witty” musings…


      “I had high heels on and I just couldn’t stand anymore. I was not in the bushes.”

      “…because John Quincy Adams was one of the founding fathers and fought against slavery.”

      “I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, “Are you going to start listening to me here?” Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”

      “Many teenagers that come in should be paying the employer because of broken dishes or whatever occurs during that period of time. But you know what? After six months, that teenager is going to be a fabulous employee and is going to go on a trajectory where he’s going to be making so much money, we’ll be borrowing money from him.”

      “If raising the minimum wage to $7.00 an hour is a good idea, then why don’t we just raise it to $20.00 an hour, that must be even better.”

      Yes… fun reading for the whole family!

  4. john says:

    I think leaving it untitled would be appropriate. I have never seen a person with such little self awareness, well since Palin. Stand at a microphone and just yell sound bites after sound bites. And ones that are not even accurate on top of that. I don’t care it I agree or disagree with a particular person, but they should contribute something to the conversation. Like have some ideas, know something what they are talking about. Not her, nothing, empty as the lightbulbs she does not want to see go away.

  5. zed says:

    See Michelle.
    See Michelle run.
    See Michelle be stupid.
    See Michelle lose.

  6. laughwithdonj says:

    Doesn’t she need to do something memorable first?

    1. Murph says:

      She breaks wind when her lips move! Don’t stand downwind of one of her speeches!

    2. Don_J says:

      Oh Trust me… everything she does and says is “memorable”… not true or even accurate, but it is memorable.

    3. curly says:

      Exactly! We are paying these people to work for us, not sit and write their memoirs. Especially since she has NOTHING for MN. This should be good- NOT.

  7. Murph says:

    It’s a cook book! You know ,eye of Newt,bat urine,some of her secret happy powder and leg of lion ,followed by a whole lot of lyin’!

  8. Paul Solinger says:

    Stephen King has a new book coming in November, too. Wow, two horror stories coming out so close together.

  9. Samo Samo says:

    All you guys are funny…
    When you make your whitty comments, you should incldue the title of your memoir. Oh, whats that? You havenothing to write about?

    1. Tan pup says:

      Sure they do, Michelle Bachman – and those crazy eyes. Plus their comments are far more interesting and make more sense than anything she blurts out. Actually MB reminds me of a Disney movie with the rogue character creating a masterful disguise and once the spell has been cast, dark clouds gather with thunder and pelting rain engulfing the region and finally the maniacal laughter while lightning shoots from her out-stretched hands as she turns into the real hideous villain! In this case, I think its Marcus in a Michelle suit.

    2. Well would says:

      what we write be witty.

      Or whitty, depending on your spellchecker.

  10. Funny says:

    I’ve got to say. These comments are hilarious. And true… doesn’t look like Bachmann will be winning Minnesota over.

  11. George says:

    Can’t wait to read it, Congresswoman. You are an inspiration. Praise God for leadership like you! I’ll be in prayer for you and your campaign.

    1. Mike says:

      The title of her memoir?
      Living life with a Queen.

  12. John says:

    Title of book: “Everyone Poops”

    1. common cents says:

      Not if for some reason, she actually won the WH. Then it would be “Poops on everyone.”

  13. A Voter says:

    November, what a perfect time for a book burning party.

  14. Jacob Gillespie says:

    I think it is going to be a book on how to turn your gay pet straight. Stop licking yourself Sparky or you will go to hell!!!!!!!! LOL

  15. avid reader says:

    MB and Justin Beiber have memoirs now. I just can’t decide which to read first. Anybody ever read Howard Cosell’s?

  16. Murph says:

    Like Pawlenty’s book,it will gather dust in the fiction section of at least one home, the Bachmann’s !

  17. Tom says:

    I have the title The Audacity of a Dope.

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