Dana Perino, former White House press secretary, to publish book

Dana Perino, a Fox News commentator, plans to produce a book in 2015. The book's title: "And the Good News is..." Dana Perino was press secretary for President George W. Bush.

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Dana Perino, the Fox News commentator and former White House press secretary, has a book deal. Perino’s "And the Good News Is ..." will be published in May 2015. Perino shown here in 2009 at the White House.

Fox News commentator and former White House press secretary Dana Perino has a book deal.

Twelve, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, announced Monday that Perino's "And the Good News Is ..." will be published in May 2015. Perino will combine a "candid self-portrait" with advice on how to succeed in one's personal and professional life. She turns 42 on Friday.

Perino was press secretary for President George W. Bush from 2007 to 2009 and now co-hosts the Fox talk show "The Five."

Financial terms for her book were not disclosed. Perino was represented by Washington attorney Robert Barnett. He also handled negotiations for Bush's "Decision Points."

As The Christian Science Monitor reported in 2009, on her last day as press secretary for President Bush, Perino pledged that she'd never to write a book that was “degrading toward somebody else” [and] Perino said she had given thought to a book on Republican women. “ I have thought about some ideas of things I would like to explore, especially about Republican women who I think are misunderstood and miscast and ridiculed,” she told reporters over breakfast.

“Ann Coulter is very popular. She has got a niche. She is a best selling author, but she does not represent Republican women,” Perino said. “ I think there is room out there to show the grace and dignity of women like Laura Bush.”

In 2009, Perino was especially critical of reporters who write a news story on one day and then the next day write “an analysis piece that is just thinly veiled opinion.” While noting that there is some real analysis being produced, “Most analysis to me now is just basically a chance for reporters to use a lot more adjectives and adverbs. And it is very hard then for a press secretary the next day to go back to working with that reporter as an objective journalist.”

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