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`It Takes a Village' reissue set

October 11, 2006|From the Associated Press

NEW YORK — It takes an anniversary, and a lot of sales, to inspire a new edition.

Hillary Rodham Clinton's "It Takes a Village" is being reissued in December, with a new foreword by the senator, to mark the book's 10th year since publication.

Released when the senator, (D-N.Y.), was first lady, "It Takes a Village" was a call for community involvement in child-rearing and was widely seen as an attempt to soften her image after her failed effort to change the nation's healthcare system.

"It Takes a Village" has 700,000 copies in print and the audio book, narrated by Clinton, won a Grammy in 1997 for best spoken-word album. The book's title became a popular catchphrase, parodied by Tim Wilson in his song, "It Takes a Village to Raise a Nut," and disputed by Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) in a 2005 book, "It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good."

Clinton also wrote a million-selling memoir, "Living History," which came out in 2003.

Clinton's literary representative, Robert Barnett, said Tuesday that the senator welcomed any new attention for "It Takes a Village."

" 'It Takes a Village' offered a unique -- and very successful -- opportunity to bring these issues to the fore," Barnett said in an interview. "The commemorative edition offers another such opportunity -- new readers, new debates and renewed focus. And, because the author's profits go to children's charities, there is an added bonus."

Barnett declined to discuss the contents of her new foreword.

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