Americans have always preferred Laura Bush to her husband, and now Scribner, an imprint of a division of a subsidiary of Sumner Redstone’s National Amusements, is hoping to capitalize on that appeal with an “intimate” new memoir set for 2010 release. There’s no telling how much the better Bush is getting paid, but “millions” is a safe bet.

Hillary Clinton also published a memoir with Scribner, for which she was paid $8 million.

Update: Apparently, Mrs. Bush only got $1.6 million. Publishers, it seems, were unimpressed.

The Guardian:

Publishing house Scribner, of New York, today announced that it had inked a deal to publish Laura Bush’s memoirs, promising “an intimate account” of the first lady’s life, including her eight years in the White House.

The book is expected to reach shelves in 2010. Scribner, an imprint of CBS’s Simon & Schuster Inc, negotiated the deal with Robert Barnett, Bush’s lawyer.

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