Writing a prescriptive memoir is a rite of passage for aspiring politicos from Barack Obama to Sarah Palin, and now Gov. Bobby Jindal has joined the pack. His tome, with the working title On Solid Ground: Returning to America's Core Values, will be published in July. A publisher's description indicates it will be part-memoir of Jindal's growing up in Louisiana and conversion to Christianity, along with a dose of policy-pundit talk. The book is co-written with author Peter Schweizer, author of the 2008 manifesto-mouthful Makers and Takers: Why Conservatives Work Harder, Feel Happier, Have Closer Families, Take Fewer Drugs, Give More Generously, Value Honesty More, Are Less Materialistic and Envious, Whine Less ... And Even Hug Their Children More Than Liberals.
Jindal's memoir will be published by Regnery Press, a Washington, D.C.-based press that describes itself as the "leading conservative publisher in America." Regnery has published books by Newt Gingrich, Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter, among others. Jindal continues to insist he has no aspirations for national office, but the magazine American Prospect once referred to Regnery as the "lifestyle press for conservatives [and] preferred printer of presidential hopefuls." The publisher's description of Jindal's manuscript says it promises to lay out how Americans can "fundamentally reshape Washington." Louisiana, meanwhile, goes unmentioned in the advance pub. — Kevin Allman