Think You Know Everything about Sarah Palin? Think Again …
Unauthorized biography of Sarah Palin hits stores today
Although she didn’t make it to the White House, the world is still enthralled with the life of Sarah Palin. If you haven’t had your fill of the high school basketball star / beauty queen/ moose hunter / governor /mother of five, there’s a new book out you’ll want to read that’ll tell you even more!
Trailblazer: An Intimate Biography of Sarah Palin hits stores today. Written by People’s assistant editor, Lorenzo Benet, and published by Simon & Schuster’s Threshold Editions, the unauthorized biography begins with Sarah’s birth in Idaho and portrays the difficulties of growing up in Alaska. From the story of meeting Todd at Wasilla High School, to playing basketball, participating in beauty pageants, eloping and becoming a mother, Trailblazer goes far beyond the campaign trail.
It tells of the birth of Sarah’s youngest son, Trig, and the fears she met when she heard of the diagnosis of Down syndrome, and how she kept it a secret from her other children. Sarah’s reasoning in her own words:
“Not knowing in my own heart if I was going to be ready to embrace a child with special needs – I couldn’t talk about it.”
The biography covers how Sarah kept most of her pregnancy a secret, not revealing the news until March (Trig was born in April). When Trig was born, he also suffered a congenital heart defect not uncommon to Down syndrome babies, but according the book, he didn’t need surgery as it cleared up on its own.
Author Benet, who, incidentally, wrote the September 2008 People Sarah Palin cover story, interviewed Palin’s parents, Chuck and Sally Heath, and spoke to Heather Bruce, Sarah’s older sister. He also spoke with in-laws, political allies and rivals, to pepper the book with plenty of colorful stories and quotes.
Other bits of interest from the book:
The Palins hired a nanny to help out at home once things got hectic on the campaign trail. Wonder what her book might be like and if she’s gotten any offers to write one?
While pregnant with son Tripp, born December 27, 2008, Palin’s daughter, Bristol, was living with her aunt and uncle in Anchorage. During that time, Bristol worked at two espresso shops. Being pregnant and having to be around all that caffeine – was that some sort of punishment?
Levi (Tripp’s father) would drive the 40 miles from Wasilla to Anchorage to take Bristol out. Heather Bruce, Sarah’s sister, is quoted in the book: “He (Levi) used to bring her flowers and take her to dinner and a movie.” Now that’s romantic.
Sarah, often star-struck herself, once went to J.C. Penney to meet Ivana Trump. Hmm … maybe to get tips on how to wear her hair during the campaign?