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Bristol Palin to detail 'Dancing with the Stars' experience in memoir

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/01/2011 

Bristol Palin will be giving Dancing with the Stars viewers a chance to walk a mile in her dancing shoes.

HarperCollins Publishers' William Morrow imprint has announced they will publish Not Afraid of Life, a Palin memoir in which the former Dancing with the Stars contestant will share her life's story with readers and give them an inside perspective on the time she spent rehearsing and performing for the ABC reality dance competition last fall. 

Palin -- who was the center of controversy during the show's eleventh season -- will discuss "the highs and lows of her appearance on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, including the aching hours of practice, the biting criticisms, and the thrill of getting to the show's finals" in her memoir, which will be released this summer.

The teen mom's memoir will also talk about her life as a single mother, her faith and values, and growing up in Alaska. In addition, Palin will share what it was like being the focus of public scrutiny as a result of the media attention surrounding her mother Sarah Palin's political campaign when she ran for election as the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008.

Palin's participation in last fall's Dancing with the Stars edition sparked alleged death threats, threatening fan mail letters, and even a man shooting his television over her success.

Although Palin consistently landed at the bottom of the judges' leaderboard with professional partner Mark Ballas during the season's performance shows, she continued to survive week to week and was voted into the finals by supportive home viewers -- many of whom were believed to be political supporters of her mother.

However, the 20-year-old finished the Dancing with the Stars' eleventh season in third place behind Disney Channel star Kyle Massey who took second place and actress Jennifer Grey, who won the competition.

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