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Aid worker kidnapped by pirates has book deal

August 20, 2012
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NEW YORK—An American aid worker kidnapped by Somali pirates in 2011 and rescued by Navy Seal Team Six has a book deal.

Atria Books announced Monday that it has an agreement with Jessica Buchanan for a memoir to come out next spring. The book will be co-written by novelist and screenwriter Anthony Flacco.

The book doesn't yet have a title. Atria is an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

Buchanan and a Danish colleague were abducted by pirates on October, 25, 2011. They were held for three months in harsh conditions before the Navy team freed them. Buchanan had received little to eat, and fears for her health were a factor in President Barack Obama's decision to approve the rescue attempt.

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