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Blytheville -- Heather Flanigan Reports

High Anticipation as President Clinton's Book Hits Stands

June 21, 2004 -- Posted at 9:11 p.m. CDT

BLYTHEVILLE -- American's have been waiting for years for President Clinton's side of the story and at midnight Monday, they'll get a chance to see it in black and white.

Clinton Fan Ann Burton Portis waited in line Monday night for her chance to buy the book. 

"We've heard all the other sides and now it's his time," said Portis.

Fans and avid readers will be gathering Monday night at That Bookstore in Blytheville for the highly anticipated release of President Bill Clinton's My Life.

Tthere's just been so much excitment about this book, especially here in Arkansas because so many people have known the Clintons and Bill Clinton for such a long time," said Owner Mary Gay Shipley.

That bookstore orded 100 copies of the book and expects to sell out quickly.  The book has the hype for adults that Harry Potter has for kids, and most Arkansans believe this will increase tourism in the Natural State.

"Adults are getting books to read as big as their children," laughed Shipley when refering to the latest Harry Potter book, "When people read this book they are all going to want to come to Arkansas and I think that bodes will for those of us who love the state and want to read about it."

Portis said, "He's been a part of our lives for many, many years and I hope we have him for many, many more."

That Bookstore in Blytheville did have Hillary Clinton for a book signing last year and there have been rumors circulating that President Clinton will be coming also.  Owners say nothing has been set up yet, but they'll keep fans posted on their website, www.tbib.com .

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