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'Scorpions for Breakfast': Brewer writing her memoirs

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Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 3:18 pm

Jan Brewer is preparing to let the world know what she thinks of the "liberal media'' and others who do not see things her way.

And for $26.99 you can find out.

The governor said she has cut a deal with Broadside Books, an arm of HarperCollins, to publish "Scorpions for Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politicos to Secure America's Border.'' The title, Brewer told Capitol Media Services, was the idea of the publisher, likely designed to promote the idea "I'm tough.''

Brewer said she has gotten requests for the last couple of years, since she became enmeshed in the immigration controversy, to write about it.

"I kind of pushed back and pushed back and finally was convinced I have a story to tell,'' she said.

The governor said some people offered to write the story for her. In the end, she decided to "give it a shot.''

Like many politicians, it's not a solo effort.

Her publisher has paired her with Jessica Gavora who wrote "Tilting the Playing Field: Schools, Sports, Sex and Title IX,'' a critical look at federal laws against discrimination in schools. Gavora also is a former chief speechwriter for John Ashcroft, attorney general under George W. Bush.

Brewer would not discuss financial terms or whether she intends to donate any of the profits to a charity or to another cause.

"All those details at this time, they've been discussed but they haven't been finalized,'' she said.

A printing of 35,000 is anticipated for the 208-page book that will market for $26.99. But Amazon.com already is offering to take orders for the book, due out Nov. 1, for $17.81.

In promoting the book, the publisher describes Brewer as "America's toughest governor'' and the book as the story of a state and country "under siege,'' a "dysfunctional'' federal government failing to protect its citizens and "a national political movement that cynically depends on uncontrolled illegal immigration to realize its vision of a transformed America.''

Brewer's publisher specializes in what it calls works "covering the full range of serious right-of-center thought and opinion.'' Other current Broadside titles include "Why ObamaCare is Wrong for America,'' and "Revolt: How to Defeat Obama and Repeal His Socialist Programs.''

The timing of the release could coincide with the U.S. Supreme Court deciding whether to hear Arizona's appeal of an injunction that is so far blocking the state from enforcing the key provisions of an immigration law approved by lawmakers and signed by Brewer this year.

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