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Is Tyra Banks America's next top novelist?

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Tyra-BanksImage Credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PR PhotosWith the end of her daytime talk show coming up this year, Tyra Banks has found another way to connect to the people of America, and not just 600-pound women looking for a paternity test or out-of-control kids who need to go to boot camp. Banks has announced that she is writing a novel, the first of three in a deal with Random House. (The former model previously published a beauty guide in 1998, Tyra’s Beauty, Inside and Out.)

The first book will be called Modelland – clearly the multi-hyphenate did not have any hyphens left for her title. While the 36-year-old author has not disclosed any plot points, she has promised that the tome will be filled with “fierceness and magic.” Which, to be fair, is exactly how Philip Roth described his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel American Pastoral. The book, like, say, Battleship or Monopoly, is targeted towards that coveted demographic of those “aged anywhere from 8 to 80.”

What do you think, Shelf-Lifers of that age group? Interested? Are there any other supermodels you’d like to see write a novel? Perhaps Heidi Klum’s WWI epic, Auf Wiedersehen, Country of My Youth or Naomi Campbell’s semi-autobiographical If You Don’t Want a Phone Thrown in Your Face, Don’t Put Pine Nuts in My Salad?

Originally posted May 11 2010 — 1:05 PM EDT

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