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Giffords reads aloud part of her memoir

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has recovered since she was shot in the head in January. The incident in Arizona left six dead.

Story highlights

  • Rep. Gabrielle Giffords reads aloud the last chapter of audio book
  • Her husband, Mark Kelly, reads the rest of the book
  • The memoir chronicles the couple's careers
  • Giffords was shot in the head in January

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, who was shot in the head in January, reads aloud a portion of her upcoming audio book, her office said Thursday.

Giffords has made what doctors call a miraculous recovery since the shooting at an Arizona supermarket, which left six people dead and 12 others wounded. After months of rehabilitation, she returned to the House floor in August and received a standing ovation.

She has otherwise stayed largely out of the spotlight.

Her book, "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope," chronicles the relationship between Giffords and her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly. It's the story of her rise to become a Democratic U.S. representative, his stellar career from combat pilot to commander of the Space Shuttle Endeavor's final flight, and the tragedy that befell their lives when she was shot.

The couple wrote the book together with Wall Street Journal columnist Jeffrey Zaslow. Published by Scribner, the book is set for release November 15.

The audio book is scheduled to be released the same day by Simon & Schuster Audio. Kelly reads aloud the whole book except for the final chapter, which is read by Giffords, spokesman Mark Kimble said.

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