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Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 06/30/2011

Nikki Haley to publish memoir in January

Nikki Haley, governor of South Carolina, testifies at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Friday, June 17, 2011. (Stephen Morton - BLOOMBERG)
Nikki Haley’s memoir, “Can’t Is Not an Option: My Story,” will be published in January 2012. So will the two negatives in the title produce a positive outcome for the South Carolina governor?

A Tea Party politician on the rise, Haley has a compelling story. She’s the state’s first female and first minority governor (her parents immigrated from India). At age 39 she’s the youngest serving governor in the United States. According to her profile on, she’s earned a reputation for taking on the state’s GOP establishment. And an endorsement from Sarah Palin during the last election didn’t hurt either.

Haley’s also survived political scandal. Two men accused her of marital infidelity during the election. But Haley, who denied the allegations and is married with two kids, weathered a storm that may have sunk other politicians. The Associated Press reports that she will address the scandal in her book.

She told the AP that writing her memoir has been “therapeutic.”

Sentinel will publish the book. Washington lawyer and literary agent Robert Barnett made the deal.

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