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Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Michelle Obama to write book on gardening, healthy eating

(Cliff Owen/AP)

It’s the destiny of every first lady to write a book, it seems — and now, Michelle Obama. Through a just-announced deal with Random House’s Crown Publishing Group, Mrs. Obama will write a book about her South Lawn garden and her campaign to encourage Americans to eat more fresh, locally-grown food.

According to Crown, the first lady is not taking an advance for the book — due out April 2012 — and will donate all earnings to charity. The deal was engineered for her by Bob Barnett, the D.C. superlawyer who over the years has shepherded many of the books coming from White House figures or other top political players.

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