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Revelations from Sarah Palin's book, 'Going Rogue'
To suggest the origins of her suspicion of intrusive government, for example, she tells the story of how on Christmas Day a state trooper, a "big dude with a gun and a badge," pulled over the snowmobile carrying her and her siblings.
"I couldn't help wondering about his priorities," she writes. "if he really didn't have more important things to do."
More than anything, Palin seeks in the first chapter of the book to give a politically amenable version of herself. She tells how her brother Chuck slept in a closet connected to the bedroom shared by his sisters, how her family endured hardships in a frigid, unfamiliar land, how she learned solid morals and a good work ethic. How, as a young child, she had an "interest in government and current events" and a "passion for the power of words."
And a passion for meat.
"I love meat," Palin writes. "I eat pork chops, thick bacon burgers, and the seared fatty edges of a medium-well-done steak. But I especially love moose and caribou. I always remind people from outside our state that there's plenty of room for all Alaska's animals -- right next to the mashed potatoes."
There are references to "reindeer sausage" and field-dressing a moose with her dad before school. There's also a color photo of her father demonstrating to little Sarah how to skin a harbor seal. (In the caption to the photo, there is a clarification that this was before the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 banned the practice.)
But Palin's enthusiasm in all things moose, a motif of her 2008 campaign, went only so far, as she relates during a hunting excursion with her father.
" 'Here, hold these,' " he said. " 'I want to show them to my science class today.' " "I looked down to see the moose's eyeballs lying in his palm, still warm from the critter's head."
She goes on to express her disgust.
"I had my limits," she writes.
Palin makes an effort to establish her faith early in the book, which is also being published by a Christian books imprint of HarperCollins.
She writes that her family arrived in the remote Alaskan frontier town of Skagway six days after an earthquake had struck Alaska on Good Friday, and describes the Northern Lights as "shimmering like the hem of Heaven." She says that during Bible camp in Big Lake one summer she made the decision to "put my life in my Creator's hands and trust Him as I sought my life's path" and that when a nun taught her how to write the letter E, it "seemed a naked letter to me so I was determined to reinvent it." She loved to read "anything by C.S. Lewis."