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Revelations from Sarah Palin's book, 'Going Rogue'

"So when Tina started playing me on SNL, I told the B team [her name for her handlers], 'Hey, I was Tina Fey before she was me,' " she wrote.

In the book, Palin expresses a sense of self-deprecating humor about Fey's comedy and the appearance of herself and the Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), on the NBC show. But she complains about how Fey's Palinisms became confused with her own words.

"The classic example was Tina dressed up as me, saying, 'I can see Russia from my house.' Which of course I've never said," she writes.

In fact, what she said, during the interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson, was "You can actually see Russia from land, here in Alaska."

Palin writes that she was also perturbed by the early version of the script she received during the day of their appearance on "SNL."

"It wasn't all that funny," she writes. "SNL writers had taken the campaign's 'Drill baby, drill!' mantra and turned it into a risque double entendre about Todd and me. I thought, nah. C'mon New York talent, we can do better than that."

But she has praise for Fey, who she describes as "friendly and gracious," and for pregnant "SNL" co-star Amy Poehler, who she says "compared belly sizes" with her daughter Bristol ahead of the show.

"Very down to earth. And funny, of course," she writes. "Really, everyone in the cast was so friendly and kind to us. There was nothing to fear."

(One person she did not like that night was director Oliver Stone, who made a cameo appearance. She writes: "Unbelievably, he is a supporter of Communist dictator Hugo Chavez, who in a 2006 speech to the United Nations referred to the president of the United States as 'the devil himself.' I did not shake Stone's hand.")

A Bare Prayer

Among the more revealing moments in Palin's book comes this one: One morning during the campaign, she was showering when she received a telephone call with pastor Rick Warren, who had offered to pray with her.

"I said, absolutely! Pray away!," she writes. "I would never turn down prayer even with limited hours in a campaign day, standing in a few inches of water with a shower curtain for a wardrobe. You do what you've got to do."

On meeting Todd Palin: 'Thank you, God'

The early pages of Palin's memoir are replete with references to Alaskan hunting culture and her delight in it. There's also a healthy dose of spirituality, youthful yearnings and self-actualization through sports. Whenever there is the possibility to extrapolate a political lesson -- and that lesson is invariably stay true to one's inner maverick, mistrust government, trust in God -- Palin does not hesitate to go there.

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