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Publisher: Former Obama White House aide writing memoir

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/12/2016 By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — A former White House aide who is now the chief operating officer of a Brooklyn-based media company is working on an upbeat, but "warts and all" book about her years in the Obama administration.

Twelve, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, told The Associated Press on Monday that Alyssa Mastromonaco had a deal for "Who Thought That Was Good Idea: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House?" The publisher says the memoir will bring the reader into Obama's inner circle, offering an "admiring" account of the president, while showing the determination and resilience needed to get the job done.

Mastromonaco, 40, has worked with Obama in a variety jobs, dating to his time as a state senator from Illinois. She served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations from 2011-2014, and joined Vice Media the following year. Her book is scheduled for March 21.

"This is a warts-and-all account of Alyssa's time at the White House, putting out fires, meeting with world leaders and occasionally winning elections," according to Twelve's announcement.

"Less political diatribe than a gossip session with an older sister — if that sibling worked for the leader of the free world — Mastromonaco delves into funny stories that never saw the light of day, including meeting the Queen of England in jeans, tussling with President Karzai's guards, and having a bad case of IBS while visiting the Holy See at the Vatican."

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