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'Pantsuit Nation' book seeks to tap energy of Facebook group

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/16/2017 By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer
This cover image released by Flatiron Books shows "Pantsuit Nation," by Libby Chamberlain. (Flatiron Books via AP) © The Associated Press This cover image released by Flatiron Books shows "Pantsuit Nation," by Libby Chamberlain. (Flatiron Books via AP)

The pro-Hillary Clinton Facebook group "Pantsuit Nation" has nearly 4 million members — and now there's a book, too.

This undated image released by Flatiron Books shows Libby Chamberlain, author of "Pantsuit Nation." It began with a casual text message conversation, the morning after the third presidential debate in October, and a whimsical idea. How about wearing a pantsuit to the polls, Chamberlain suggested to a friend, to show support for Hillary Clinton? The Facebook group that grew out of her idea, Pantsuit Nation, was referenced in candidate Clinton's concession speech. (Emilie Inc./Flatiron Books via AP) © The Associated Press This undated image released by Flatiron Books shows Libby Chamberlain, author of "Pantsuit Nation." It began with a casual text message conversation, the morning after the third presidential debate in October, and a whimsical idea. How about wearing a pantsuit to the polls, Chamberlain suggested to a friend, to show support for Hillary Clinton? The Facebook group that grew out of her idea, Pantsuit Nation, was referenced in candidate Clinton's concession speech. (Emilie Inc./Flatiron Books via AP)

"Pantsuit Nation" seeks to tap into the energy of the days surrounding the election. The book's editor, Libby Chamberlain, culled through months of posts and stories to find the ones that resonated the most. Chamberlain says an initial backlash over the book deal stemmed from a misunderstanding; all contributors have given permission and were offered payment.

The book was released earlier this month and features some 250 posts from the site, including emotional personal anecdotes. Chamberlain launched the Facebook group after the last presidential debate in October, suggesting that women wear pantsuits to the polls to support Clinton.

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