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Giffords to read part of memoir audiobook

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Giffords to read part of memoir audiobook

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, yet to speak in public after being shot in the head Jan. 8, will read the last chapter of her joint memoir with her husband, set for release next month.

Giffords will read the last chapter of "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope," with husband Mark Kelly, a now-retired astronaut, reading the remainder of the book.

The audiobook is slated for release Nov. 15, the same day as the hardcover and digital copies of the book, which is being published by Scribner, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. The memoir was co-written by Jeffrey Zaslow.

The couple's story will be featured in an ABC News prime-time special the night before the book comes out. While the network had touted an on-camera interview with Giffords, her spokesman said last month that the congresswoman hadn't decided whether to appear on the television report.

Giffords has not given an interview since being shot in the head in what authorities charge was an assassination attempt on Jan. 8.

Kelly gave an interview to ABC's Diane Sawyer shortly after the shooting, which aired as part of a television special.

The day his interview aired in January, Kelly sat down with a group of local reporters and answered questions for nearly an hour.

"When Gabby does decide to do an interview, I think a lot of consideration will be given to local media," Kimble said.

Six were killed and 12 others, besides Giffords, wounded in the mass shooting. Jared Lee Loughner faces 49 federal counts in the shooting, which took place at a "Congress On Your Corner" meet-and-greet with constituents.

A Scribner's spokesman said last month that Giffords and Kelly have not scheduled any other interviews related to the book.

While undergoing rehabilitation in Houston after being shot through the brain, Giffords has made only a few public appearances, and traveled little.

She returned to Tucson over Labor Day weekend, seeing close friends and family and having dinner with staffers from University Medical Center.

She made two trips to Florida to see her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, command the space shuttle, and also visited Tucson in June.

Her most noteworthy, and public, appearance was to return to Congress on Aug. 1 to cast a vote on the debt ceiling.

She returned to Washington again in early October, for a ceremony marking Kelly's retirement from the Navy.

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