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Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly's story coming in 'Gabby'

September 7, 2011 |  9:34 am

Gabby_bookcover A joint memoir by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly will be on shelves Nov. 15, publisher Scribner announced Wednesday. The book will be titled "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope."

Giffords came to national attention when the three-term representative from Arizona was shot Jan. 8 while meeting with constituents. Giffords, who had been shot in the head, was wounded so severely that some news organizations reported she had passed away -- remarkably, she survived. Eight people died in the shooting.

Kelly had already come to national attention in his own right -- as an astronaut. A former combat flyer, Kelly has been working with NASA for 15 years; he will retire this fall. He commanded the last flight of the space shuttle Endeavour this spring.

Kelly and Giffords were married in 2007. The book will recount their individual histories, the story of their courtship and their life together. Scribner writes that it will be "a deeply personal account."

It will also include the narrative of what happened on that January day, Kelly's vigil and Giffords' painstaking recovery. On Aug. 2, Giffords returned to the House of Representatives to cast her vote in support of the bipartisan debt bill. 

The book is being co-authored by Jeffrey Zaslow, the talented co-writer who worked with Randy Pausch on "The Last Lecture."

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-- Carolyn Kellogg

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