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Giffords vows return in forthcoming memoir

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is determined to return to Congress.

“I will get stronger. I will return,” Giffords writes in a memoir she co-authored with her husband, Mark Kelly, and Wall Street Journal columnist Jeffrey Zaslow, according to the Associated Press, which got an advance copy. “Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope” will be published by Scribner on Nov. 15.

Giffords, who is recovering from being shot in the head in January, returned to Congress for one vote on Aug. 1 to vote for a $2.5 billion debt ceiling package.

It is not clear if by “return” she means she will run again next year; her staff said in August she had yet to make that decision.

A Diane Sawyer interview with Giffords and Kelly will air on ABC on Monday, Nov. 14, the night before the book’s release.

Giffords, a third generation Arizonan, is the first Jewish woman elected to Congress from Arizona.

Kelly, who recently retired as a captain in the U.S. Navy, will speak in Tucson on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Arizona’s Centennial Hall. The event is sponsored by the Tucson Festival of Books, the UA and the Arizona Daily Star. Copies of “Gabby” will be available for purchase and signing.