Shania Twain's memoir to reveal hardships

Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:02pm EDT
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Five-time Grammy Award winner Shania Twain will release a memoir in 2011 in which she reveals her struggles to build a career in country music and her difficult upbringing, publishers said on Wednesday.

The country pop star, whose personal life has been the subject of tabloid scrutiny since her 2008 split with music producer Robert Mutt Lange, will release the autobiography in the first half of 2011, according to publisher Simon & Schuster.

The Canadian singer and songwriter will discuss a range of topics, including breaking into what she calls a male-dominated country music industry and the tragic 1987 death of her parents in a car accident which left her in charge of three younger siblings.

Twain, 45, said in a statement she felt an urgency to share her story before she ran out of time and described the book as "an honest and complete account of my life, in my own words."

"There have been moments in my life I was concerned by the reality that tomorrow would never come. Recently I experienced one of those moments to an intensity that brought on a sudden urgency to document my life before I ran out of time," she said.

Twain has not released a studio album since 2002, but has made TV appearances, including a stint as a guest judge on top-rated singing contest "American Idol."

The yet to be titled autobiography will be published by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

Twain is set to star in her a reality series on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network, also debuting in 2011.

(Reporting by Sabrina Ford, editing by Christine Kearney and Bob Tourtellotte)