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Jessica Lynch Agrees to $1M Book Deal

September 2, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jessica Lynch, the former prisoner of war whose capture and rescue from an Iraqi hospital made her a national hero, has agreed to a $1 million book deal with publisher Alfred A. Knopf.

``I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story,″ co-written by Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg, is scheduled to come out in mid-November with a first printing of around 500,000 copies, Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards said Tuesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but a source close to the negotiations said Tuesday that Lynch and Bragg will divide a $1 million advance.

Lynch received a medical discharge last week from the Army, making her eligible to pursue book or movie deals.

Lynch, 20, suffered multiple broken bones and other injuries when her 507th Maintenance Company was ambushed in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah on March 23.

Her rescue on April 1 made a celebrity out of Lynch, who joined the Army to get an education and become a kindergarten teacher.

She returned home to Palestine, W.Va., last month to a hero’s welcome after a long stay at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Bragg has written several books, including the memoir ``All Over but the Shoutin’,″ and won the feature-writing Pulitzer in 1996, two years after he began working for The New York Times. He resigned from the Times in May after the newspaper suspended him over a story that carried his byline but was reported largely by a freelancer.

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