Jenny Sanford, the first lady of South Carolina, has had her new book released as of today, Friday February 5, 2010.  The book, titled “Staying True”, is from Ballantine Books.  In a promo ad from the publisher they state: “In this candid and compelling memoir, the first lady of South Carolina reveals the private ordeal behind her very public betrayal - and offers inspiration for anyone struggling to keep faith during life’s most trying times.”   According to “The (Columbia) State” newspaper, “Jenny gives insight into the Sanfords’ marriage and how she coped with the affair” that her husband, South Carolina’s Governor Mark Sanford had with an Argentine woman.

Jenny Sanford, who has a Georgetown education, will be featured on ABC’s “20/20″ in an interview with Barbara Walters tonight (2/5/2010).  The show generally airs on most ABC stations at 10:00 EST.  In “The State” newspaper, it is stated that in the book and in the Walters interview, Jenny Sanford reveals that “Mark Sanford insisted they skip the part about marital fidelity in their wedding vows 20 years ago.”  According to the newspaper article, “Mark Sanford kept asking her permission to see his lover after he confessed the affair to her.”

“I could never have imagined this.  I mean, I could never have even made this up,” Jenny Sanford told ABC News. “It never occurred to me that this person I knew, who was actually a fairly grounded person, would be asking me something so morally offensive.”

The book should be available today in virtually all bookstores and online.  The suggested retail price is $25.  The book is 214 pages and is billed as an “inspirational memoir.”

Sanford is scheduled to autograph her book in South Carolina’s capital city, Columbia, on Friday February 12th at 7:00 pm at Barnes & Noble on Forest Drive (in the Richland/Midtown Mall).  According to a sales rep at the store, the books being autographed must be purchased from Barnes & Noble.  You can buy the book at other Barnes & Noble locations - just bring your receipt so you can show that the purchase was from B&N.  Sanford will sign up to two copies of the book per customer and she will only be signing her name.  She will not be able to put personalized inscriptions in the books.

It is certainly possible that she is doing other autograph sessions at other stores in other cities in the near future, but I do not have that information to pass along at this time.

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