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First lady’s ‘American Grown’ garden book coming out


First Lady Michelle Obama’s book, “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,” is now available for preorders and the first lady will promote the book in New York on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

“The book offers a look at the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden and shares inspiring stories of Americans from across the country who are actively engaged in community, school, and urban gardens,” the White House said in a news release.

The White House noted that the first lady accepted no advance payment for the book, and that all author proceeds will go to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of the country’s national parks. Funds will be used for programs that promote gardening and healthy eating and give young people the opportunity to experience the outdoors and lead more active lives, as well as for the continued care of the White House kitchen garden, the news release said. Random House will also donate a portion of its profits to the National Park Foundation.

In New York, the first lady will be interviewed on Good Morning America, The View and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Tuesday, and on LIVE! with Kelly on Wednesday, with that interview scheduled to air on a later date.

The book is available at at a price of $19.20.

For detailed coverage of the first lady’s book launch see Obama Foodorama.